The Birdman is a wonderful — and an award-winning — documentary short by Jessie Auritt about Rainbow Music in New York’s East Village and it’s eccentric owner.
With CDs, VHSs and old cassette tapes stacked head high, Rainbow Music is a hoarder’s paradise. However, its quirky owner, known as ‘The Birdman’, knows exactly where everything is. Amidst the Starbucks and Subways popping up on every corner of the East Village, Rainbow Music maintains its mom and pop feel, and is a hidden gem to its patrons. Due to the weak economy, online music sales and pirating, and the changing neighborhood, this charismatic curmudgeon is struggling to sell what he has in his store. Despite these challenges, The Birdman carries on to his own tune.
WINNER: Grand Jury Award for Short Documentary 2013 Slamdance Film Festival
WINNER: Best Documentary Short, 2012 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
WINNER: Neighborhood Award, 2013 Lower East Side Film Festival
WINNER: Audience Favorite 2013 Media Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2012 Doc NYC Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Arizona International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series