Emptying the Skies
About the Film
About the Director
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.
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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