Many of you know that I made a short film called “Pigeon People” about three men and their pigeons. When I first started working on it I thought it was kind of funny and kind of interesting but I never sensed that other people cared for it much. It showed at one festival in Brooklyn to a decent-sized audience of about 15 (including other filmakers and two of my pigeon men) and one of my subjects, a man who rescues pigeons and lets them live with him, talked to a woman at AM New York, the free subway paper. They eventually published a story about pigeons in the city that included a brief quote from me:
“Young people aren’t carrying on the tradition of their fathers and grandfathers,” Levy said.
After I showed the film and the article was published, I realized that so many people are totally into pigeons (or they’re against them to the same degree). I’ve been getting emails from pigeon advocates curious about my work. Pigeons are a hot-button issue, a lightning rod, a petri dish. And then tonight I found this: Pigeon Blog. It is narrated by a British pigeon. It offers great insight into the lives of this hatefully persecuted group.