In this unusual hybrid comedy by filmmaker Alex Karpovsky, a tiny Arkansas town becomes the center of the universe for diehard bird-watchers committed to sighting the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. Jon Hyrns and Wesley Yang set off to distinguish themselves among the many bird-watchers who have committed themselves to this sometimes trying but surprisingly gratifying pursuit. Will they soar to success or fall to the Earth with a thud?
Alex Karpovsky studied visual ethnography at Oxford University before wasting the next few years of his life trying to become the next Andy Kaufman. He now acts and makes movies. Alex’s award-winning debut feature, THE HOLE STORY, earned him a slot in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 new faces of independent film and a plastic key to a small city in Northern Minnesota. His subsequent two films (WOODPECKER & TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP) premiered at SXSW and have lassoed in several fiberglass trophies, polyester ribbons and miscellaneous ceramics. As an actor, Alex has had leading roles in feature-length films that have shown at the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Los Angeles, and SXSW film festivals. He is also the voice of numerous Russian gangsters in Grand Theft Auto IV. Alex delights in moonscapes, balloons, taking walks (solo), pistachios and playing basketball with urban teenagers. —Alexkarpovsky.com
Wise people know you must choose your battles carefully, and here Alex Karpovsky and his chameleon-like cast have done just that. Armed with binoculars, hair dye and lots of pizza, this rogue's twosome paddle anywhere there's danger for the salvation of politically-correct ornithology and the hopes of cheap motel sex.