Science on Screen: A Birders Guide To Everything

Ellen Theatre

Upcoming Dates & Times

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sideways meets Stand by Me in Bozeman Film Society’s second Science on Screen (SoS) presentation, A Birders Guide to Everything, screening at 7 pm Wednesday, April 12th at the Ellen Theatre. In this endearing story of friends, family and the quest for a place in birdwatching history books, 15-year-old David Portnoy spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck on the eve of his widowed father’s second wedding. 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. Starring Ben Kingsley and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the film is rated PG-13 (for language, sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity) and runs 87 minutes. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 90%.

Part of the BFS Science on Screen film series, a national initiative to promote scientific understanding by pairing film with live presentations from local scientists, A Birders Guide to Everything will open with a lively introduction by Dr. Kevin Ellison, Grasslands & Avian Ecologist for the World Wildlife Fund. In his presentation, “Lost Birds & Found Directions,” Dr. Ellison will address birding issues unique to Montana, while sharing personal insights into the profession of Grassland & Avian Ecology. SoS is underwritten by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan and Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundations.

Tickets are $5.00/All Ages (plus fees), available at, or in person at the box office. The Ellen Theatre lobby opens at 6 pm for concession and bar; seating begins at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7 pm. April 27th film TBA.

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