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A Place to Land


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Fly Away Films' Student Academy Award-winning short film follows the stories of homeless parrots in captivity across the nation, from foster homes in Northern Virginia to remote sanctuaries in Arizona and Utah.

Exotic parrots are wild creatures at heart. When forced to live in cages as pets, they are prone to neurotic behaviors and often end up being treated poorly or abandoned when people don't understand the special care they need. Because parrots can live so long -- usually from 30 to 80 years -- the birds often outlive their owners and have nowhere to go. Fortunately, non-profit organizations and dedicated parrot lovers are doing everything they can to protect and rehabilitate these special birds.

Fly with us as we delve into a world where feather plucking is an all-too-common occurrence and where freedom is never taken for granted. Ultimately, this short film enlightens and educates audiences on the melancholy plight of these intelligent, beautiful creatures -- and shows that they deserve the best care our nation can give them.

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  • Directors: Lauren DeAngelis
  • Writers: Lauren DeAngelis
  • Producers: Lauren DeAngelis
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Fly Away Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NNVETQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It puts in full perspective the awesome responsibility we take on when bringing these lovely, misplaced characters into our lives.
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Kudos to Lauren and her production team!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nadeem Muaddi on February 23, 2011
Format: DVD
There's something about parrots that makes little kids want to pester their parents for one. While some like their bright, exotic colors, others are drawn to the novelty of a talking bird. Me? I was always obsessed with pirates...

Thankfully my parents never caved.

However, a lot of parents (and adults clinging to childhood fantasies) do - often without realizing the level of commitment and responsibility needed to properly care for one. The result is often neglect or abuse.

"A Place to Land" is a necessary documentary about the lives of homeless parrots living in foster homes and sanctuaries throughout the country. The film chronicles the despair of parrots like BJ, who was forced to live in a one-foot by one-foot cage for 17 years and the devastating neurological affects that its had on him. It also tells the stories of the precious few who have so selflessly dedicated their lives to these parrots' rehabilitation.

What these birds have been forced to endure is heartbreaking. But to see them progress from a state of mistrust and despair to eventually finding the love and care that they deserve is heartwarming.

Lauren DeAngelis' direction is stellar. The scenes are breathtaking - especially those of the parrots flying freely in the sky. "A Place to Land" will leave you wanting to help and you should. A great way to start is by watching this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By m on March 16, 2011
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I own the DVD version of this film and continue to recommend it to my friends. This documentary is both breathtaking and heartbreaking in parts, but also hopeful. It is beautifully written and filmed. Like the mark of so many excellent films, the viewer is left wanting to know more -- about the plight of these and other abandoned parrot pets, about what is being done to prevent such abuse, about how to educate the public about parrots as pets. It's easy to see how A Place to Land won a student Academy Award for the young filmmaker, Lauren DeAngelis. I hope Lauren will continue to explore difficult topics and produce more insightful documentaries to the public. Kudos to Lauren and her production team!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elissa on August 15, 2013
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If you have every considered having a parrot or are owned by one. I loved it and will watch again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah G on June 6, 2013
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This documentary dvd was recommended by the NPR here in the UK and since working for an animal charity myself, my curiosity compelled me to buy it. It carefully highlights the plight and deepening concerns for the welfare of an increasing numbers of parrots, who find themselves unwanted and often damaged in parrot sanctuaries in the States.
Parrot lovers with limited funds try to help as many as possible and the demands on these sanctuaries are increasing each year.Any attempt to highlight these problems, the desperate needs of these intelligent and beautiful birds and the need for financial support for those who are helping to provide a decent life for these poor creatures, must be supported. The only way forward is to tell people the truth as to how it really is!
I work in a sanctuary in the UK and work with such birds myself, right or wrong, over 20 years, they have become an extension of my family and even the bad tempered one's are held in high regard. After all, it is not their fault.
I and my colleagues see a similar pattern in the UK and are concerned at the ease in which people can purchase or aquire parrots with little thought or regard and quite willing at times to part with large sums of money!
Without education or films like this, there will never be any change for the better. All the time there is a market and a willing person who is prepared to 'rescue' a bird from a pet shop, because 'the poor thing looks so scared in the cage' or from an aquaintance because' if you don't take it, I'm just going to let it go, I've had enough of the noise and biting!'there will be no end.
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