The Falconer

Director: Annie Kaempfer
Running Time: 76
Location: USA
DCFF SCreening: 2021


This intimate portrait film follows master falconer Rodney Stotts on his mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his stressed community. The Falconer weaves Rodney’s present-day mission with the story of his past, both of which are deeply rooted in issues of social and environmental injustice, and consistently orient the viewer to his worldview: nature heals. The Falconer captures beauty and hope in a forgotten corner of our nation’s capital, as Rodney takes the time to break through to those too often dismissed as “hard to reach”. This is a story of second chances: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned plot of land, for a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for Rodney himself.

Sponsored by Compass Rose

Screening History & Awards

Winner: 2020 BendFilm Festival – Best Outdoor/Environmental Feature

Official Selections: 2020 Mill Valley Film Festival, DocLands, Twin Cities Film Fest, Ojai Film Festival

Emily loves movies and Tacoma. Thus, the Destiny City Film Festival was born in 2013 and has been going strong ever since!