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