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...

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...

“Highly enjoyable” says The Mind Reels about ‘The Birder’

“The 2014 Canadian Film Fest continues tonight with more screenings, first up is Ted Bezaire’s comedy, The Birder, which is preceded by the hilarious short, The Golden Ticket from Patrick Hagarty. Hagarty’s short is highly enjoyable, it seems Bradley Moore (Michal Grajewski) is having a very bad day. His girlfriend (Melanie Scofano) is leaving him for a hockey player (Bitten’s Steve Lund), he’s being evicted by his landlord (Kris Siddiqi), and he’s just been fired from his job. As he lets loose his anger, he’s met by a mysterious man (Carlo Rota – who has the best delivery and speaking voice, possibly EVER), who offers him a golden ticket that will let him do anything he likes for 24 hours without repercussions. Bradley snatches the opportunity and off he goes! Getting even with those around him, and doing everything he always wanted to… but what happens when the 24 hours are up? A fast-moving and very funny story that makes us ask ourselves why we aren’t seizing our lives like this everyday. Grajewski is hilarious playing the right amount of humor in pathos in the situation, and some of the lines are simply brilliant! I laughed a lot!! This one is a great start to the evening! The Birder, the feature paired with The Golden Ticket, is a gentle and humorous tale that features a great performance by Tom Cavanagh. He play Ron Spencer, a high school teacher with a passion for Ornithology. He has a daughter, Samantha (Cassidy Renee), who idolizes him and shares his love for birds. They are both convinced that we will be named the new Head of Ornithology at...

The Arts Guild Reviews ‘The Birder’

“The film depicts several relationships, including those based on romance, family, and friendship, and the diverse stories intertwine in a very satisfying manner. The acting in this film is relatively strong, including a noteworthy debut performance by Cassidy Renée as Ron’s bird enthusiast daughterSamantha, and a unique score adds to the viewing experience. The Birder is a surprisingly sweet and sensitive comedy full of charm and heart, and although it may be predictable, it is still refreshing to see such a well-meaning film created these days.” Read more at The Arts Guild! Source: The Arts Guild by Talia...

Canadian Film Fest Reviews ‘The Birder’

“High school teacher, and lifelong birder Ron Spencer (Tom Cavanagh), is preparing for his new job as Head of Ornithology at the National Park. He’s been waiting for years to get the position, but finds out that the much younger, and more hip, Floyd Hawkins (Jamie Spilchuk) will be taking over the job in order to attract a younger audience to bird watching. Ron’s daughter, Samantha (Cassidy Renee), is also an avid birdwatcher, but thinks her dad needs to be more in touch with the modern technology of bird watching. Feeling as if he’s losing his daughter, as well as his job, Ron sets out to bring Floyd down. With help from slacker Ben (Mark Rendall), who also hates Floyd after he begins seeing Ben’s ex-girlfriend, the two men try their best to ruin Floyd, with predictably terrible results. The Birder is a sweet, hilarious film, which is so successful due to the performances of Cavanagh and Rendall. As two lovable dorks, it’s impossible to not root for them. Their mission is filled with evil promise, but the way they go about it is anything but. Ron is such a timid man (refusing to even swear) that his plans usually involve trying to prove that Floyd isn’t following the ethical rules of birding. It’s so ridiculous, that even if he succeeded, it wouldn’t hurt Floyd’s reputation. The greatest aspect of the film is how the characters are treated. Nobody is ever made fun of, even if their idea of a good time seems rather nerdy. They all take pride in their pastime, whether it would be cool or not. It’s...