HBO Documentary Films has picked up the domestic TV rights to birding doc "The Central Park Effect." Directed and produced by Jeffrey Kimball, the 60-minute film recently had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, where it was in the Documentary Feature Competition.
"The Central Park Effect" focuses on the array of migrating birds who visit the park as well as some of the birders who go out of their way to observe them. The film features Chris Cooper, Starr Saphir and acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen, among others.
"HBO is the ideal home for 'The Central Park Effect' and gives us the ability to tell an important story to millions of people," says Kimball. "Even though it's set in the middle of New York City, this is a story about people's connection to nature. It's important for us to realize that as the world becomes more urbanized, nature doesn't have to entirely disappear from cities."
The film will debut on HBO this summer. The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers with HBO Documentary Films.