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‘Pigeon Kings’ Follows the Inspirational Stars of the Sport of Pigeon Rolling

"I immediately knew I had to tell the story of the Roller men and their birds."

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Pigeon Kings

Logline: A group of men in South Central Los Angeles find hope through their dedication to the rare sport of somersaulting pigeons.

Elevator Pitch:

Many have heard about pigeon coops and those raising pigeons in the inner cities of America, but many do not know why this subculture has emerged and what its purpose is. That is what “Pigeon Kings” wants to bring to light.

Through the story of these amazing men who have dedicated their lives to the little known sport of competitive rolling pigeons, we show not only this unique subculture but also a story of a community that has resulted in inspiring many lives as an alternative to gang culture in America’s inner cities.

Production Team:

Director – Milena Pastreich (Panavision Award Winner, UCLA Spotlight Award winner)

Producer – Matthew Perniciaro (“A Band Called Death,” “More Than A Game,” “Joshy,” “Kicks,” “The Childhood of a Leader,” “Milius,” “American Anarchist,” “Maurizio Catalan: Be Right Back,” “One and Two”)

Producer – Michael Sherman (“Joshy,” “Kicks,” “The Childhood of a Leader,” “Milius,” “American Anarchist,” “Maurizio Catalan: Be Right Back,” “One and Two”)

Editor – Victor Livingston (“Crumb,” “The Queen of Versailles”)

About the Film:

From director Milena Pastreich:

“I stumbled upon the Los Angeles community of Roller Pigeon fanciers in 2011 while location scouting pigeon coops for “I Feel Stupid,” my UCLA Graduate School thesis film. I immediately knew I had to tell the story of the Roller men and their birds. I began my journey as an outsider in the pigeon world but over the course of the last 5 years, have earned the title ‘bird lady.’

I’ve dedicated five years of my life to this compelling story and am so excited to share it with the world.”

Current Status: Fundraising for final post production.

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