Emerson Crawford Theater

  • Event Time 7:00 pm
  • Event Start Date 11/07/2019
  • Event Location 111 S Grand Ave

Scheme Birds

Thursday, November 7, 7pm  |  Doors open at 6:30pm
The Emerson Cultural Center

Scheme Birds centers on Scottish teenager Gemma and the people in her life: her grandfather, who raised her after her mother abandoned her; her boyfriend Pat; her unlucky best friend Amy; and her neighbor JP. Their scheme is Jerviston, a place where you “either get knocked up or locked up,” where there’s been nothing to do since Margaret Thatcher closed the local steelworks in the 1980s. Everyone finds a distraction to stay out of trouble: Papa keeps pigeons and teaches boxing, the kids drink and commit petty crime, and Gemma finds motherhood.

Directors Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin paint an intimate portrait of this fading town, and of Gemma as she comes of age in a place scarred by society’s broken promises. But Gemma’s tenacity and determination shine through her surroundings. Her budding voice accompanies the film’s dreamy cinematography, providing a chilling commentary on the violence and loneliness all around her. Thanks to the sensitivity of the filmmakers, and Gemma’s strong personality, there is a clear strand of hope in this absorbing story of survival.

Scheme Birds world-premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Best Documentary Feature Award and first-time directors Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin won the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director award..

“The directors follow their subject wherever she goes, even if it’s away from easily exploited symbols like the homing pigeons that Gemma’s grandfather raises. Early on, Gemma waxes poetic about the birds’ uncanny abilities to find their way back to their point of origin. You steel yourself for when the metaphor will come to mawkish fruition. Instead, Fiske and Hallin show, over the course of their very affecting movie, how this naive analogy both complements and conflicts with the ups-and-downs of Gemma’s reality. There are lessons to be learned, but they’re not the obvious ones. The business of living can never be so easily summed up.” Hollywood Reporter

Tickets: at the door,  Cactus Records, Movie Lovers and online

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The Bozeman Doc Series is a bi-weekly documentary screening series curated by award-winning filmmaker Jason Burlage.
The series brings brand new films from around the world to the Emerson’s Crawford Theater between October and April.