Join Essex County Greenbelt at the Cape Ann Cinema on Thursday, July 21st at 7:30pm for a special screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Legend of Pale Male: A hawk. A city. A love story.” The film is being presented as one of several Greenbelt 50th Anniversary community outreach activities this year.
Affectionately known to New Yorkers as Pale Male, the rare Redtail hawk becomes a magnificent obsession of a young Belgium photographer who tracks the extraordinary predator with a video camera for twenty years. The hawk and his adventures are a metaphor for triumph against all odds. Pale Male’s nest, perched on a posh 5th Avenue co-op, starts out as a novel curiosity to a handful of avid birdwatchers but becomes an international tourist destination – a place of pilgrimage. Then, one December afternoon without warning, in the space of half an hour, the building dismantles Pale Male’s beloved nest. In a wingbeat, media from around the world assemble on 5th Avenue to cover the unprecedented protest. Gathering behind Pale Male is an army of birdwatchers; movie stars, poets, children, dogs, and late night comedy show hosts. What unfolds next, as they say, could only happen in New York.
“Greenbelt is thrilled to bring the inspirational story of Pale Male to the Cape Ann Community Cinema in celebration of our 50th Anniversary year”, said Ed Becker, Greenbelt Executive Director. “It’s a marvelous tale, for all ages, that demonstrates the wonders of nature, even in the most challenging settings and circumstances.” he continued.
Cape Ann Community Cinema is located at 21 Main Street in downtown Gloucester with plenty of nearby parking. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and free admission for children 12 and under.
The Essex County Greenbelt Association is a member supported nonprofit land trust that has protected over 14,000 acres. Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local communities and landowners to acquire and protect ecological areas, farmland and scenic vistas, protecting the open space heritage of Essex County. For more information about Greenbelt programs visit www.ecga.org or call 978-768-7241.