Documentary: Requiem for a Bird

A documentary about Life, Death, God, and Extinction in India.
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The Film


The documentary Requiem for a Bird explores the ideas of life, death, extinction, and religion through the story of the vultures and Parsis of Mumbai, India. It currently stands a a last chance to document their singular relationship.

Connected for centuries through a sacred death ritual, the two now fight for their futures.  Vultures have suffered a huge population decrease - by as much as 99.9% - because of the use of the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac.  The Parsi face a similar man-made extinction because of the specific requirements necessary to be considered a Parsi. Combining traditional documentary techniques with mixed media animation and choreographed dance, the film will weave their two stories together and demonstrate how our choices affect not only the fate of ourselves, but the fate of our world.

We are the witnesses to a profound era of loss, and in many cases, also its catalyst.  Each day, plant and animal species disappear from our planet, taking with them the biodiversity that makes Earth so unique.  Man-made extinctions threatens not only the natural world but also ourselves.  Our documentary Requiem for a Bird looks at the relationship of two groups living on the edge of this extinction: the Parsi people and vultures of Mumbai.


YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP Requiem for a Bird TAKE FLIGHT!

Your financial support is the most immediate and direct way to make Requiem for a Bird  possible. The more we collect through this Indiegogo campaign the sooner production can begin and faster we can share the story of the Parsi and assist with the conservation of their beloved vultures. 

Here is how your funds will be used.

Though it'll take a bit more to complete the film.  This 5080€ is essential to begin filming in this January. It includes the flight, housing fees, local costs and those pesky Indiegogo fees.

    Ways to Support 

    "Good thought, good words, good deeds" three tenets of the Parsi Zoroastrian faith that guide us as we make the film.

    1) Donate what you can.  Without your financial support, the story of the Parsi  fight for the vultures may never be told.  Learn more about our perks/thank yous below.

    2) Spread the word about our campaign.  Share our indiegogo link, visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    3) Learn more about Vulture conservation efforts on save-vultures.org and bnhs.org.


    The Team


    Cylixe (director)  is an award-winning filmmaker and video artist. Her internationally recognized work has been shown in over 30 festivals and venues across the world including the Berlinale, DokFest Kassel, and European Media Art Festival (EMAF).  Requiem For a Bird is her third documentary following Una Ciudad En Una Ciudad and WE PICK IT UP. In 2013, she won the Doku Klip  Award and European Media Art Festival’s Newcomer Award for Una Ciudad En Una Ciudad.

    Rahoul Daswani is an independent filmmaker working in the Bollywood industry based in Mumbai. The Four-Wheeler, a short film he wrote, directed, and produced, was in cluded in the 2011 Up & Coming International Film Festival in Hannover.  Rahoul is currently directing behind-the-scenes episodes for PK -the most anticipated Bollywood movie of the year - directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starring Aamir Khan.

    Cristin Hughes is an experimental filmmaker and curator, recently acquiring her MFA from the School of Visual Arts's Photography, Video, and Related Media Department.  She co-founded the performance hub and artist studio Nothing Space in 2012 with five other artists.  After learning more about fundraising at a major arts not-for-profit located in New York City, Cristin is now using her skills to produce short documentary and experimental narrative films.

    Marius Roth is an experienced 3D animator with over 10 years in the field. Besides working commercially, he also specializes in video projections for stages like HAU 1, Berlin, Hamburger Kammerspiele or notorious filmmaker Bruce la Bruce.

    Dorian Wallace is a gifted composer, writer, teacher, and dance musician. A self taught pianist, Dorian began playing at age 4 and composing by age 7.  Never losing a love for music, he continued his education at Kent State University, studying Music Composition. He is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of TENTH INTERVENTION, a consortium of classical ensembles in New York City, and The Free Sound Ahn-somble.  His most recent film credits include the original score to Hernando Bensuelo's award winning film Last Look.

    Chris Arkenberg is a musician and researcher in San Francisco. Chris provided the soundtrack for cylixe's Una Ciudad En Una Ciudad, and he composed a soundtrack inspired by the abandoned luxury tower Sathorn Unique in Bangkok. He seeks to explore and express the emotions of structure through sound and music.

    The Perks

    With your generosity, our dream film will become a reality.  

    We are excited to show you our favorite perks:

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    • €5EUR
      Social Media Shout Out!

      You are helping to make this film possible, and we are shouting your name off the internet rooftops on Twitter and Facebook. Please tell us your Twitter handle and Facebook contact, when contributing.

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      Estimated delivery: October 2014
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      Website Thank You!

      Your name listed as a supporter for all the world to see on www.requiemforabird.org. +Social Media Shout Out

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      A Sound of Music

      Get an exclusive online link to Requiem for a Bird's original soundtrack composed by Dorian Wallace and Chris Arkenberg. + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out

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      Estimated delivery: June 2015
    • €50EUR
      Crediting Your Generosity

      Yes, your name on the silver screen. Beam with pride as your name rolls up in the "Special Thanks" credits of our film. Don't forget these other perks: + Online Link to Film + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out

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      Digital All Star Package

      Digital links to everything we have to offer. In addition to you name in the credits, you also receive: + Online Link to Film + Online link to Soundtrack + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out

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      Estimated delivery: June 2015
    • €85EUR
      Lucky Charm Faravahar Pendant

      Exclusive design of the Faravahar, the Parsee symbol for "Good thoughts, good words, and good deeds" as an original 3D printed alumide pendant designed by Marius Roth. + Your name in the credits + Online Link to Film + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out

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    • €100EUR
      Yours to Have and Hold

      You will receive a signed DVD of the finished documentary and CD (yes, CD) of the soundtrack. Don't forget, you also get: + "Special Thanks" Credit + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out

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    • €120EUR
      Original Woodblock Print

      An original woodcut print by artist Alice Thompson. This 9.5" x 12.75" print on Hahnemuhle Ingres Paper is a limited edition of 30. Also includes: + "Special Thanks" Credit + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out

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      Estimated delivery: November 2014
    • €150EUR
      Music Lessons with Dorian

      Receive 3 one-hour piano or composition lessons with Dorian Wallace at his studio in New York. Don't forget: + Online Link to Film + Online Link to Soundtrack + Your name in the credits + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out PLEASE NOTE: Available in New York City ONLY. Any travel and accommodations NOT INCLUDED

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      The Groupie Packet

      Get The Groupie Pack and almost get get all. You'll receive: + Faravahar Pendant + Online Link to Film + Online Link to Soundtrack + Your name in the credits + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out

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      Associate Producer

      Your generosity is rewarded big time with your name in bold as our ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! And the perks keep coming: + Faravahar Pendant + Signed DVD and soundtrack CD + Online Link to Film + Online Link to Soundtrack + Your name in the credits + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out PLEASE NOTE: Travel and Accommodations NOT INCLUDED

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      BERLIN APARTMENT FOR A MONTH

      Stay in director cylixe's 2 bedroom apartment in Berlin for the month of January while she is filming in India! Once the film is done, you'll also receive: + Faravahar Pendant + Online Link to Film + Online Link to Soundtrack + Your name in the credits + Website Thank You + Social Media Shout Out (Travel and food not included)

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