A film by Douglas Kass
Producer/Co-Director: Roger Kass
Based on the New Yorker essay "Emptying the Skies, by Jonathan Franzen.
Based on a magazine essay written by noted best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen for The New Yorker and widely republished around the world, Emptying the Skies chronicles the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, and a number of species face extinction imminently. The film explores the wonder of these tiny globe-flying marvels, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums on the black market, and follows an intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives waging a secret war against poachers, disrupting illegal trapping and freeing as many birds as possible.
Emptying the Skies is Jonathan Franzen’s first foray into motion picture production.
Press kit and High Rez Images: filmswelike.com/films/emptyingtheskies/