To Paint The Portrait of a Bird


Poetry in motion....a beautiful short film inspired by the famous Jacques Prevert masterpiece. 


An aging reclusive painter seeks to capture life, a living thing ... a bird ... on canvas.  A young boy secretly observes and composes the narration of the film, the famous poem by the writer of “Children of Paradise” (1945).

Available in the original French, Italian, or in the English translation by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

August 2007, 15 mins.


Budget: $75M

(WINNER! - Best Short Film, 2007 New York/Avignon Film Festival)

Official Selection: 

  1. Woodstock Film Festival

  2. Mill Valley Film Festival

  3. Montreal World Film Festival

  4. Spiritual Cinema Circle

  5. Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival

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"... a lovely landmark film about art ..." - Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham

" ... striking and lyrical ... subtle and evocative." --  David Sterritt, Chairman, National Society of Film Critics

      "... a ...perfect work of art, with an integrity and a purity that few works of   cinema ever achieve." -- Judith Malina, Founder of The Living Theatre

"... unique ... beautifully rendered ... gorgeous score ...convincing performances ...this sweet, subtle and mesmerizing film explores the meaning of art ... Recommended." Library Journal, Feb. 15, 2010

"The acting is superb ... Simple yet sophisticated, this cinematic masterpiece is a rare find ..." School Library Journal, Nov. 2008, p.64.