A Different Kind of Progress Report

Last night my wife Judy Irving screened a 34 minute rough cut of her work-in-progress, Pelican Dreams, for the local chapter of the Audubon Society. She also showed 15 minutes of assemblies (rough sequences) that she threw together in the four days just prior to the screening. So many people showed up that they had to put out more chairs. The film is not being made for “birders,” per se. And it’s not a scientific-type documentary. Pelican Dreams attempts to capture the wonder of these birds. It’s really being made for any human being who loves the natural world. The audience understood that and responded warmly. There was a good feeling in the room.

Judy expects to be finished in around two years—around the same time that I foresee my book being finished. After completion there will be distribution issues—we hope! So yes; both projects still have a long road ahead of them. But eventually the wait will be over and they’ll be ready to go.


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4 Responses to “A Different Kind of Progress Report”

  1. Chandani Diaz Says:

    I believe there is a public “passion” about the two of you as each of you writes/films on what he/she sees – an honesty that reaches the heart – you are two immensely talented people and what double JOY for all of us that you two met….and married!! You are both very gifted in telling a story as you see it (Judy in filiming and you in writing). It is NO surprise there was a large crowd. If we lived on the West Coast we would have been there as well

    • markbittner Says:

      We both want to make a difference. That’s hard these days, even when your intentions are good. Sometimes it seems like especially if your intentions are good. But neither of us is able to imagine just giving up.

  2. Sarah Says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with both of the above comments. 🙂

    Now I have TWO simultaneous things to look forward to – one that I hope will turn out to be a cinematic delight and the other a literary delight! 🙂

    God speed to both of you, Mark and Judy. I love what you do. xo

  3. Barbara Says:

    Love these blogs! Your both awesome!!!

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