Noted conservationist and Foxcroft alumna Cina Alexander Forgason (Class of 1973) and two-time Academy Award nominee Al Reinert will screen and discuss their compelling documentary about naturalist and explorer John James Audubon, Rara Avis: John James Audubon and the Birds of America, at Foxcroft School at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11th.
The public is invited to attend the event – the latest offering of the Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series — in the Athletic/Student Center on the School’s Middleburg campus. Admission is free but seating is limited.
Please telephone 540.687.4510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
The first feature-length documentary about the Frenchman who made it his life’s work to catalog 700 birds of North America with exquisite painting that have influenced naturalists and artists for generations, Rara Avis was named Best Film for Storyline and Production at the 2016 Waimea Oceans Film Festival. It is an intimate look at Audubon’s life, the price he and his family paid for his obsession and the monumental work he left behind and it informs and captivates viewers just as Audubon’s astonishing paintings did 200 years ago.
Reinert, the writer and director of Rara Avis, co-wrote the screenplay for Apollo 13, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay. He received his second Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, Feature, for the film, For All Mankind, which also garnered the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award, Documentary and Grand Jury Prize, Documentary. His most recent documentary, An Unreal Dream — The Michael Morton Story, won the SXSW Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary.
A lifelong conservationist and managing partner of Rara Avis Productions LLC, Caroline “Cine” Alexander Forguson serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of Texas, The Peregrine Fund and the Lewa USA Wildlife Conservancy, which supports a conservancy and community development projects in northern Kenya.
The free, public screening is part of a longer visit to Foxcroft by Forgazson and Reinert during which they will meet with students and faculty in other more informal and conversational settings.
The Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Arts Lecture Series, established by Austi Brown (Foxcroft Class of 1973) in memory of her mother, has brought a variety of literary, performing, and fine artists to Foxcroft to share their work, stories, and perspective on the nature of the creative process with both students and the larger community since it began in 2007.