Now Playing: “The Legend of Pale Male” at the Angelika Film Center

“The Legend of Pale Male is the true account of one of the most surprising and remarkable love stories in the history of New York City.  It begins in 1993, when a young man from Belgium looking to change his life has an unexpected encounter in Central Park.  He meets a hawk.  Not just any hawk, but a wild Redtail, a fierce predator that has not lived in the City for almost a hundred years.  Affectionately known to New Yorkers as Pale Male, the hawk becomes a magnificent obsession — a metaphor for triumph against all odds.  His nest, perched high on a posh Fifth Avenue co-op, starts out as a novel curiosity to a handful of avid birdwatchers but becomes an international tourist destination — a place of pilgrimage.  Then, without warning, one December afternoon the building manager dismantles Pale Male’s nest.  The act unites an unlikely family of birdwatchers, movie stars, poets, children, dogs, reporters, and celebrities, including Mary Tyler Moore and David Letterman.  What unfolds next could only happen in New York.”

          — Balcony Releasing

The film has already been recognized with several awards, including Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Audience Award, Palm Beach International Film Festival – Audience Award, International Wildlife Film Festival – Best of Festival, and Best Human Wildlife Interactions.

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