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BIRD LADY

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BIRD LADY is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
17 minutes
VIDEO
CARTER ROSTRON
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Bird Lady immediately caught my attention by posing the question, "Who is the Bird Lady?" The flow of the story is very well set out and the historical facts are cleverly covered with some vintage footage.

In this short documentary, Kansas City high school filmmaker Carter Rostron explores the mystery surrounding a statue that has become known as the "Bird Lady." For years, an assortment of small ceramic birds and other figures have appeared around the base of the statue. The documentary explores what's been happening, what it means, and how it has become a beloved part of neighborhood folklore.

I like that the film explains the context of why and how the statue arrived and why she holds a special place in the hearts of local people. I also love seeing the enthusiasm of people that researched the birds and other artifacts that have been left at her base. The timeline of the story is well thought out and leads the viewer from start to finish in an easy to follow flow. The film combines archival footage and still photographs, and is edited together with a narrative that clearly guides us throughout the film. The background music works, but is not distracting. The main character is, of course, the statue itself, which is brought to life by the various visuals and backstory on how her fame came about. She may be a static object, but the viewer feels as if they know her life story after watching this short film. My favourite part is when its explained and shown how bird figures are surrounded with cat artifacts, which in turn are blocked by dog mementos. That truly shows the funny side of human interactions.

The message is that there are stories all around us, in some of the most mundane places which sometimes hold some very interesting and intriguing stories.

I give Bird Lady 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Richard L., KIDS FIRST!

Bird Lady immediately caught my attention by posing the question, "Who is the Bird Lady?" The flow of the story is very well set out and the historical facts are cleverly covered with some vintage footage.

In this short documentary, Kansas City high school filmmaker Carter Rostron explores the mystery surrounding a statue that has become known as the "Bird Lady." For years, an assortment of small ceramic birds and other figures have appeared around the base of the statue. The documentary explores what's been happening, what it means, and how it has become a beloved part of neighborhood folklore.

I like that the film explains the context of why and how the statue arrived and why she holds a special place in the hearts of local people. I also love seeing the enthusiasm of people that researched the birds and other artifacts that have been left at her base. The timeline of the story is well thought out and leads the viewer from start to finish in an easy to follow flow. The film combines archival footage and still photographs, and is edited together with a narrative that clearly guides us throughout the film. The background music works, but is not distracting. The main character is, of course, the statue itself, which is brought to life by the various visuals and backstory on how her fame came about. She may be a static object, but the viewer feels as if they know her life story after watching this short film. My favourite part is when its explained and shown how bird figures are surrounded with cat artifacts, which in turn are blocked by dog mementos. That truly shows the funny side of human interactions.

The message is that there are stories all around us, in some of the most mundane places which sometimes hold some very interesting and intriguing stories.

I give Bird Lady 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Richard L., KIDS FIRST!

In this short documentary, Kansas City filmmaker Carter Rostron explores the mystery surrounding a statue that has become known as the "Bird Lady." For years, an assortment of small ceramic birds and other figures have appeared around the base of the statue. The documentary explores what's been happening, what it means, and how it has become a beloved part of neighborhood folklore.
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