Documentarian Judy Irving follows up her 2003 documentary hit, “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” with another gentle avian adventure by the Bay, the charming, affectionate “Pelican Dreams.” “Gigi” is a California brown pelican that’s found on the Golden Gate Bridge, and Irving illuminates the lives of pelicans along the Pacific Coast through her patient observation and lush, loving photography of Gigi and her fellow pelicans’ charm, gawkiness, and ongoing conflicts with humans, from 1960s endangerment from DDT to latter-day oil spills. 80m.
“Pelican Dreams” opens Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Music Box. The trailer is below.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published soon. Previews of the project are on Twitter and on Instagram as Ghost Signs Chicago. More photography on Instagram.