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January 5, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Mark Bittner and Judy Irving of "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill"
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Mark Bittner and Judy Irving: The "Wild Parrots" Whisperers

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Meet the couple behind "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill!"

January is for the Birds! We kick off a month of special avian programming with the people behind "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill!"

Meet filmmaker Judy Irving and author Mark Bittner, the duo made famous by their work (his book, her documentary film), “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.” Hear about their journey, their current projects, and the San Francisco birds that still live not so far away from them.

No preregistration is necessary to attend.

About Judy Irving
Judy Irving is a Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker whose theatrical credits include The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a feature documentary about the relationship between a homeless street musician and a flock of wild parrots in San Francisco, Pelican Dreams, about California brown pelicans and the people who know them best, and Dark Circle, a personal film about the impact of the nuclear industry on ordinary citizens. In 2015 Judy became a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Documentary Branch. She lives with her husband Mark Bittner and two rescue parrots on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

About Mark Bittner
In the early 1970s, propelled by a theory floating through the counterculture on how one attains higher consciousness, Mark Bittner abandoned everything—home, friends, and occupation—for life on the streets as a seeker. He spent 15 years there before returning to dry land through his friendship with a flock of wild parrots. He is the human subject of an award winning documentary film and a New York Times bestselling book both entitled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. Mark recently completed a 12-year project—a book called “Street Song,” which tells the story of how he ended up on the streets.

The event is free, thanks to funding from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.