Special Event with Post Screening Discussion with Director Rob Meyer and Producer Dan Lindau


“Sideways meets Stand by Me in this endearing story of friends, family and a place in birdwatching’s history books. On the eve of his widowed father’s second wedding, 15-year-old David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road) spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small. With marvelous supporting performances by Ben Kingsley and James Le Gros, A Birder’s Guide to Everything is an alternately poignant and funny window into the thoughtful world of birding and the inner peace that can be discovered during a walk in the woods. Director Rob Meyer delivers a sparkling feature film debut, as his coming-of-age tale to warm the hearts of anyone who grew up with a nerdy passion becomes a tenderhearted look at the moments and relationships that change even the most intensely focused lives.” —Arthur Ryel-Lindsey