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Emptying the Skies

About the Film

Based on a New Yorker article by best-selling writer Jonathan Franzen, EMPTYING THE SKIES chronicles the poaching of migratory birds in southern Europe and introduces us to the intrepid volunteer squad of bird-lovers trying to stop it. Trapped at “pinch points” near the Mediterranean, these globetrotting songbirds are considered culinary delicacies and reap big bucks on the black market, yet many species are endangered and some face extinction. Directors Douglas and Roger Kass skillfully translate the spirit of Franzen’s words onto the screen and deservedly win this year’s Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award.

About the Director

Douglas Kass is an Adjunct Professor of Filmmaking and Film Studies at Elon University in the United States of America. He earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television and his Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in Film/Art from Wesleyan University, where he also received the prestigious Frank Capra Award. Roger Kass is a producer of motion pictures which include multi-Oscar and Golden Globe nominee A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, directed by David Cronenberg; EDMOND, based on David Mamet’s play and screenplay, starring William H. Macy; LIBERTY KID by Ilya Chaiken; the PBS  American Masters series ANDY WARHOL: A DOCUMENTARY FILM; and Ti West's indie horror hit, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. Mr. Kass is also an entertainment and media lawyer.

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Film Information

Dates 10/12, 4:15pm
10/14, 12:45pm
Ticket Prices Regular - $15.00
Senior - $13.00
(+ 65 yrs)
Children - $8.00
(12 yrs & under)
Type Documentary Feature
Preceded By (Short) Today (9 min)
Length 78 min (87 min with short)
Year 2013
Language English/Italian/French/German
Country USA
Original Title n/a
Premiere North American Premiere
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Creative Team

Director   Douglas Kass, Roger Kass
Screenwriter   n/a
Producer   Roger Kass


Jonathan Franzen  

Location Information

Date 10/12, 4:15pm
Venue Regal East Hampton Cinema UA 5
Address 30 Main Street, East Hampton, NY  11937
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Date 10/14, 12:45pm
Venue Regal East Hampton Cinema UA 4
Address 30 Main Street, East Hampton, NY  11937
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