Kenyon College

The Film of Trees: The Birds (1963)

May 7, 2021 8:30pm – 10:00pm

Join us for an outdoor mini film festival at the Gund Gallery! For three nights this month, we’ll be screening movies that explore the complex portrayals of trees in modern cinema. Friday night we’ll be screening the horror classic The Birds (1963).

The Birds (1963)

the Birds movie poster

The Birds is an eerie and unsettling look at what happens when birds begin to turn on the inhabitants of a small coastal town. With this film, Hitchcock takes aim at the human impulse to control and subjugate nature. He asserts that choosing to live out one’s life in a perfectly manicured urban or suburban bubble, with little to no regard for surrounding ecosystems, is fundamentally unnatural and can even be dangerous.

Friday, May 7, 2021, starting at 8:30 PM

Due to adverse weather, this screening has been moved to the Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery.

Registration for this event is now full.

This is program is free and open to all Kenyon College community members. Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 8:00 PM. Please plan to arrive at the Community Foundation Theater between 8:00-8:30 PM to check in. Pre-registration is required for all attendees.

About the series:

The Film of Trees aims to explore the complicated relationship between humanity and the natural world. Film has the power to reveal the complexities of this bond, and overall this series explores a cycle of changes in our struggle to come to terms with nature. Trees, whether maple, oak, pine or bamboo, have become a form of setting, atmosphere, and character in cementing storytelling for centuries. This series is timely, as this year the Paris Climate Accord is up for renewal with the participation of a re-engaged, more ecologically friendly United States. In rethinking conservation and preservation policies, the larger discussion on a green economy through technological innovations plays a significant role in cultural imaginations about the future of our natural world and how we will live in it. 

Series Screening Schedule:

The Film of Trees is curated by the Gund Associates in collaboration with the Brown Family Environmental Center.

The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.