Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wanna see the world's fattest parrot?

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Ah, the International Wildlife Film Festival. It's the only place where you see the world's fattest parrot, a dude who pretends to be a turkey, and the latest masterpiece from the incomparable David Attenborough. And to think, those are just a few of the award-winning offerings during this week's 35th annual IWFF.

The lion's share of attention may be getting directed toward this year's Best of Festival winner, Broken Tail, which sounds amazing and deserving of the accolades, but it's stuff like the parrot and the turkey man that grab my attention. (Yours too, if you're still reading.)

The video above teases "Primeval New Zealand," a television show that won IWFF's Best Scientific Content, Best Graphics/Animation, and Best Program Under $250K categories. Watch it and you'll see the beer-bellied bird. The show also screens at IWFF on Friday at 12:30 and Saturday at 10 a.m.

The video below is a clip from "My Life as a Turkey." It's not often that you get to watch a grown man play the role of mother to a newly hatched turkey chick. Well, at least it's not often for me. But that's what you see when writer/naturalist Joe Hutto raises wild turkeys on his own. This show won IWFF's Best Program $250-$500K, Best Sound Mix and Best Editing categories. It screens Thursday at 12:30.

For a full list of films — including Attenborough's "On Thin Ice" — and schedule of events, visit the IWFF website. For more film recommendations, check out this week's Indy.

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