Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

A Birder's Guide to Everything


Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 88 minutes

A Birder's Guide to Everything

Before she died, David's mother gave him a passion for birding. Over a year after her death, the 15-year-old still hasn't accepted the loss and his father is about to remarry. On the weekend of the wedding, David sights what he thinks is a Labrador Duck, a species thought extinct. He and two other misfit members of the Young Birder's Society steal a car, enlist the photographic services of a pretty classmate, and take off for the wilderness. To obtain a picture of this duck would enshrine them in Birder history. In this funny and perceptive film, the road is naturally fraught with perils. As the hijacked car breaks down and the trek into the wild unfolds, the walls inside these young people crumble. David may not return in time for his father's wedding, for which he is best man, and the hunt for the legendary bird is turning into a search for something deeper. Like our feathered friends, the truth in life is encountered briefly before it flies away. —C.R.

CIFF38 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Recommended for Middle School +

American Independents Competition

Rob Meyer

Rob Meyer is a writer, producer, and director. He received his M.F.A. from NYU's graduate film program. His short films have won awards at numerous festivals, including Toronto, Woodstock, and Sundance. He was an Associate Producer at PBS's Nova, HBO's Documentary Film, and National Geographic. A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING, his first narrative feature, won second place for Audience Award at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.


Dan Lindau, Paul Miller, Lisa K. Jenkins, Kirsten Duncan Fuller

Rob Meyer, Luke Matheny

Tom Richmond

Vito DeSario

Principal Cast
Sir Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Katie Chang, Alex Wolff, Michael Chen, James Le Gros, Daniela Lavender

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of ART and CAROL ANTON.

Community Partner

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

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