Actor Tom Cavanagh says ‘community’ brought The Birder to life

“Tom Cavanagh was the Birdman before Oscar-winner Michael Keaton. Proof is at the 23:44-minute mark of The Birder, the revenge-comedy filmed entirely in Windsor-Essex and recently released on DVD. Cavanagh, the Ottawa native and actor whose roles range from the title character on Ed and a supporting role in Scrubs on TV, Ranger Smith in the movie Yogi Bear and Dr. Harrison Wells in the series The Flash, plays Ron Spencer in 2013’s The Birder. The moment comes with the mild-mannered high school teacher and aspiring ornithologist sitting on his school’s rooftop with former student Ben, played by Mark Rendall.” Read the whole article...

The Ex-Press Reviews ‘The Birder’

The Birder (2013) Starring: Tom Cavanagh, Mark Rendall, Graham Green, Fred Willard, Tommie-Amber Pirie. Directed by Ted Bezaire. Running time: 85 minutes 3/5 What happens when your dreams don’t come true? Well, you can decompensate and have a temper tantrum, withdraw and cocoon, indulge in drugs and other self-medication regimes or, in a word, deal. For Ron Spencer (Tom Cavanagh), an enthusiastic birder who dreamed of becoming head of ornithology at the local park, the latter is the last thing on his mind. Ron wants to get even with the interloper who stole his dream appointment, as well as all the other interlopers who’ve ruined his life, including the body builder who moved in with his soon-to-be ex-wife and daughter. His only friend is Ben (Mark Rendall), another outsider who used to be a student at Ron’s high school. Both men are dealing with a sense of loss, disappointment and abandoned dreams, but if they look hard enough at the foliage of their own experience, they might find a rare bird of happiness. Without breaking down the metaphor to a fine pulp, the script penned by Ted Bezaire and Michael Stasko is designed to showcase the transformation of our central hero, as well as pave the road for some comic interactions with the other characters – most notably Ben, the Park President played by Christopher Guest veteran Fred Willard, and his daughter (Cassidy Renee). Cavanagh does all the heavy lifting and he’s fantastic, bringing dimensions to dialogue that has all the energy of a bloodhound on a hot day, but you can feel a heaviness set in as the...

The Record takes a look at ‘The Birder’

“Revenge comedy The Birder features Canadian talent in a familiar place: The heartwarming indie flick about bird watchers was shot entirely in Windsor Essex, Ont. The film opens at Princess Cinema on Friday after a weeklong run in Toronto and several film festival bouts across North America. It’s about a keen birder and high school teacher who loses his dream job as an ornithologist at the national park to a young rival. He teams up with a former student to seek revenge on the ornithologist in this comedy set in the world of birdwatching. The main character of the film, Ron Spencer, is played by the former Ed and Scrubs star, Tom Cavanagh. He’s a tender, mild-mannered man who loses his focus in life. His daughter Samantha, played by Guelph’s 14-year-old Cassidy Renee, is an avid birdwatcher just like dad. But she becomes frustrated with her father’s unwillingness to modernize his birdwatching techniques. Writer and director Ted Bezaire said there just weren’t any movies about the birding community out there and he thinks this is a film people can connect with. And while it may seem as though the film pokes fun at the devout birding community, it doesn’t. The eccentric, quirky characters are portrayed in a lighthearted, affectionate way. “Birders are focused people,” Bezaire says. “If you’re talking to one and a bird catches their eye, you don’t exist to them anymore.” That’s why they make such an interesting subject for a film. “It’s a lot of comedy with a little bit of heart,” he says. Ron Spencer and his idle sidekick, Ben, played by Mark Rendall, set off on an array of seemingly...

“The Birder features a profoundly developed character performance” says CIFF

“Nobody wants to feel like they’re being replaced, but it just keeps happening to Ron Spencer (Tom Cavanagh). The dissolution of his marriage is the first blow to Ron’s ego, but then he loses out to young and obnoxious Floyd Hawkins for the prestigious Head of Ornithology position at the local bird sanctuary—pushing the mild-mannered forty-something high school teacher over the proverbial cliff of despair. But revenge is sweet, and no way is Ron going to hand over his mediocre life without a fight. The Birder features a profoundly developed character performance by Cavanagh, who leads a well known cast including Mark Rendall (Victoria Day), Jamie Spilchuk (Stoked), Tommie-Amber Pirie (The Trotsky, Michaels: Tuesdays & Thursdays), Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves, Green Mile) and Fred Willard (Waiting for Guffman, Austin Powers, This is Spinal Tap).” Source: Calgary International Film...

Eyes on Windsor gets excited about ‘The Birder’

“The Birder Movie, filmed 100% in Windsor Essex and featuring Hollywood stars and local talent, will make it’s Red Carpet Premier at the Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre on April 3, 2014. Windsorites will have the opportunity to dress to impress, walk the red carpet, and be photographed like a movie star as they join the cast and crew to celebrate the national release of The Birder Movie. In addition, while guests enjoy a glamorous piece of Hollywood right here in Downtown Windsor, they’ll get to view a screening of the locally produced feature film, have a chance to win door prizes, participate in a post screening question period of the cast and crew, and mingle with cast and crew at a fabulous after party sponsored by Wellington Brewery and Cooper’s Hawk Winery. The Red Carpet premier of The Birder will give back to the community with a portion of proceeds going to the Windsor Essex based charity Transition to Betterness. “Windsor has done so much for us as filmmakers. We’ve decided to give back by donating a portion of the proceeds to Transition to Betterness, an important local charity” said producer, Jeff Nadalin of Kickstand Entertainment. The following day, on April 4, The Birder will open its theatrical run at Lakeshore Cinemas. The announcement was made yesterday by the Dot Film Company in association with Windsor based Kickstand Entertainment and in partnership Transition to Betterness. Presented by Union Pictures, co-written by Windsorites Theodore Bezaire & Mike Stasko and directed by Bezaire, The Birder is a revenge-comedy set inside the world of bird watching. Viewers will discover “Birds of a feather...