New York based filmmaker Rob Meyer grew up in Newton,
Massachusetts with dreams of being a field scientist or
wildlife filmmaker as a child. Before going to film school at NYU he worked on documentaries
for PBS's NOVA and National Geographic. He made a short film called Aquarium in 2008 which was the inspiration and starting point for his feature, "A Birder's Guide to Everything."
What it's about: Facing loss and searching for answers. More immediately, it's about teenage birders who go on a road trip to find a (possibly) extinct duck.
What else should audiences know?: "I grew up loving films like Goonies, Lucas, The Dark Crystal, and Stand by Me: the sort of coming-of-age films that seem rare now. I hope that Birder's has that same appeal to adults and kids alike -- a movie about teenagers that works at a universal level. It's also an ode to birding and the restorative power of nature."
On the challenges: "This is obvious, but getting an independent film made is incredibly
challenging. And making one starring teens and about birding doesn't
make things easier. It took a lot of persistence and luck to get this
film off the ground but I was fortunate to have a core group who kept
championing the project until it got made."
What he hopes Tribeca audiences will walk away with: "I'm hoping everyone who sees the film wants to go birding or will at least better understand why so many folks wake up early in the morning to look for something special. I also hope audiences let their guard down and allow themselves to be vulnerable and earnest, at least for a moment."