A soon to be released movie about the life of Robert Michael Pyle, a well known lepidopterist, nature writer and author of Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest, Chasing Monarchs, Mariposa Road, Wintergreen among others. Links to article and movie trailer below.
Sounds interesting. I was at a LepSoc meeting a few years ago when Bob gave a reading from his then new book Mariposa Road and had a long chat with him afterwards. A very interesting and entertaining chap.
Post by exoticimports on Sept 14, 2020 2:51:09 GMT -8
I tried to buy tickets on their website a few days ago for a virtual viewing, but it didn’t work, says “coming soon”. Given that it opens in a few days “soon” is running out of time.
One review painted the movie as another back to nature feel-good movie, with the inevitable jab at some segments of society. But i suppose that beats another movie about urban dweller first world mental health conflicts.
Post by Chris Grinter on Sept 14, 2020 10:50:33 GMT -8
The movie will be released Friday for virtual viewing online, so you can buy a ticket and watch starting then. I think it hits Amazon in November.
I've already seen it - they sent the LepSoc an advance screener since we "partnered" with the production. It's a fun film! There is one tiny mis-ID'd butterfly, but it's understandable something goes awry at that level (calling a Parnassius an "indira"=indra). Knowing Bob a little bit, it's fun to watch this adaptation of his excellent book. The acting and viedography is great, I'd recommend giving it a watch.
And I'll even have a discount code to share, please stay tuned (I think I get it on Friday).
Post by Chris Grinter on Sept 17, 2020 13:13:53 GMT -8
Here a discount code to the virtual cinema! Find the film at www.darkdividefilm.com. For $5 off, select virtual cinema, then select Lepidopterists’ Society and enter "LepSoc" upon check out to receive the discount.
Post by exoticimports on Sept 19, 2020 6:30:33 GMT -8
The movie was good, but not great, largely due to the production.
It's not as emotionally involving as other "hike" movies such as The Way, Walk in the Woods, and Wild. Too much time is spent portraying him as a bumbling fool (everyone has their moments, but what else happened?)
From a Lep perspective, I wish they'd spent more time on his achievements, recognizing of course the broader audience doesn't care.
That this is about a butterfly study, that a butterfly was called by name, yet they couldn't even get something similar to show, is pathetic. I'm not sure who's at fault here, but it demonstrates a complete lack of concern for being correct.
I do like the question "Did you see things you cannot explain?" as, to me, that's what remote research/ hiking brings: not just the specimens and new scientific observations, but exposure to sounds, sights, and environments which even the most skilled cannot explain. Having been there and done that, those are the things that stick in my memories...and the things one cannot experience sitting in an office or sofa.
Is it worth $10? I dunno, in hindsight I'd probably wait. I'd suggest spending the money on the book instead.