We are very excited to announce that Bluebird Man will be a part of the 7th season of the nationally syndicated television series, Natural Heroes. Natural Heroes is a 7-time Emmy Award winning TV series that airs on public television stations across the United States and into Canada, reaching an estimated 90 million viewers.
This is a big deal for all of us at Wild Lens – we never imagined when we first began shooting for this film that Al’s story would have such a universal appeal. Our original plans for distribution did not include a national television broadcast – our focus was on reaching local audiences in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. As we took the film on its festival tour however, it became clear that this story was resonating in a powerful way with audiences outside of Idaho.
After screening Bluebird Man at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January, we were invited to submit the film for the 7th season of Natural Heroes and we jumped at the opportunity. Here are a few of the comments from the Natural Heroes screening team, shared with us by series producer Valerie Landes:
Al is such a normal guy who found passion in his youth and was able to come up with a way to explore that passion in his retirement. For this passion to blossom, he didn’t need money, just the time to pursue the passion, which comes with retirement. This should be an AARP film special.
Both entertainment and educational. Entertainment because it is scenic and soothing, and television viewing can be so frenetic and disturbing. Educational in all the obvious ways.
Loved it. 10/10 stars.
Season 7 of the series will begin airing this coming winter.
Of course you don’t have to wait for the 7th season of Natural Heroes to air to watch the film – it’s available to stream and download over on our Vimeo on Demand page and DVDs can be purchased at the Wild Lens store.
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