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Birders: The Central Park Effect

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Birders: The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green, and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. Author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, and a septuagenarian bird-tour leader are among the lively cast of characters in this charming, lyrical documentary that transports the viewer to the dazzling, hidden world of America’s most famous park.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"A delight for everyone."

Wall Street Journal

"Shows the non-birders among us what we're missing out on. And it's pretty cool."


"The best film about birding that I have ever seen."

Victor Emanuel, Legendary Birder and Tour Leader

Cast & Crew
  • Himself : Jonathan Rosen
  • Himself : Chris Cooper
  • Himself : Jonathan Franzen
  • Herself : Starr Saphir
  • Herself : Anya Auerbach
  • Himself : Chuck McAlexander
  • Producer & Director : Jeffrey Kimball
  • Editor : Daniel Baer
  • Co-Producer & Co-Editor : Nick August-Perna
  • Executive Producers : Pamela Hogan & Tom Casciato
  • Cinematography : Tony Pagano, Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins
  • Bird & Nature Cinematography : Jeffrey Kimball
  • Music : Paul Damian Hogan
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2012
  • Release Date : January 18, 2013
  • Countries of Production : USA
  • Languages : English
  • Running Time : 60 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 16:9
  • Sound : Dolby
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Birdwatching Field Guide Booklet

Extended Interview with Jonathan Franzen

The Birds of Central Park Video Guide

Additional Interviews with Key Cast