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This will be a donation-based virtual film streaming experience of  Emptying The Skies (available to watch anytime until Thursday, April 9th at 11:59pm EST).

On Thursday 4/9 at 8:00pm EST, we’ll host a Facebook Live post-film Q&A with co-director/producer Roger Kass and film subject Andrea Rutigliano – be sure to follow @newportFILM for updates and to tune-in! 



Based on a widely republished New Yorker essay by best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen, Emptying the Skies exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, with a number of species facing imminent extinction. This poignant documentary explores the wonder of these tiny globe-trekking marvels, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums on the black market, and follows the intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers waging a secret war against poachers, disrupting illegal trapping to free as many as possible. Embedding the filmmakers with their activist subjects, this year-long undertaking transports viewers right onto the front lines as poachers are confronted at critical migration pinch-points in Cyprus, France and Italy. A moving call to arms, Emptying the Skies chronicles a devastating environmental tragedy and the valiant journey of those risking their lives to stop it.

4/9 at 8:00 PM EST: Facebook Live Q&A with co-director/producer Roger Kass and film subject Andrea Rutigliano
Run time: 78 minutes
Directors: Douglas Kass, Roger Kass (co-director)
Producer: Roger Kass
Emptying The Skies
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[W]hile, yes, this documentary is chronicling a problem for the animal kingdom, it’s really a heartening study of humans.

The New York Times

Critics’ Pick! "Emptying the Skies performs a grand and aching act of love by telling its story with a power that enrages.

Village Voice

Beautifully illustrates the complex relationship between modern humanity and wild animals. A tight, thriller-like documentary.

Toronto Film Scene

Flock to this...will warm your heart and attune your ear not only to the sounds of birds but also to this noble cause.