“He really was an enchanting person. In some way he was like the spiritual father of everybody…. It is hard to imagine Central Park without Charles Kennedy.” Marie Winn, author of Red-tails in Love, and close friend of Charles, remembering him after his death in October 2004

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Filmmaker Frederic Lilien and screenwriter Janet Hess have created a masterpiece documentary film. My niece, Jill, and I had the pleasure of attending the New York premiere of the pair's "The Legend of Pale Male." The screening, attended by over 300 nature enthusiasts, benefitted New York City Audubon.

This inspired film centers around the remarkably intertwined lives of a famous clan of Red-tailed Hawks and a large community of hawk-loving New Yorkers. The cinematography, editing, and writing are superb. Throughout the film tribute is paid to Charles-- for his role in mentoring Frederic through many years of filming and hawk stalking, and for his devotion to the hawks and hawk watchers.

There will be much more said about this lovely film in future posts. For now, however, if you're reading this post, please move to the right side of this page and click on the "The Legend of Pale Male" icon and learn more. And, keep your eyes to the skies.... "The Legend" may well be coming to a city near you!

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