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Bat City - A documentary about the history of bats in Austin, meet the director

  • Feb 1, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Austin Doc Fans, you won't want to miss this opportunity to see a documentary about  the history of Austin's bats.  We have been wanting to screen this film with the group for a long time. The time has come where we can not only see the film, but also meet the filmmaker in an intimate setting. 

Bat City USA is the story of the battle over a giant bat colony in Austin, Texas.

It’s a hot summer evening. Hundreds of people are lined up on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. Below, on the lawn next to the bridge, families snuggle up on blankets and eat snacks. The mood is relaxed, even a little zany. Some know exactly what to expect, others don’t have a clue.  They’re awaiting one of the most spectacular attractions in Texas—the emergence of 1.5 million  Mexican Free-tailed bats. The bats bring in millions of tourism dollars to the city. They’re also a key part of what makes Austin unique and weird.

But how did the bats get here—one of Austin's busiest bridges? And what kind of reception did they get on their arrival? The film tells the story of how the bats settled into the bridge three decades ago and were met with hostility from residents fearful of bat attacks and rabies.  The bats begin moving into the bridge in the 1980s, after a bridge reconstruction leaves gaps between beams that create ideal roosting habitat. The “bat invasion” creates a media hoopla and the headlines attract the attention of Merlin Tuttle, a bat researcher at a Milwaukee museum.

Who's behind this film?

Key Personnel: Laura Brooks is a bilingual Austin filmmaker (Member of Austin Documentary Fans) and award-winning journalist. She wrote, directed, edited and co-produced the documentary. Laura has also directed two short films.  She worked for more than fifteen years as a correspondent in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe for numerous print and broadcast media in her career as a journalist. She also was a reporter at The Arizona Daily Star, covering the US-Mexico border and consumer issues in Arizona.

We are asking for a $3.00 cover charge at the door.  There will be a raffle for a gift basket.  All proceeds are to benefit Austin Documentary Fans.

The  gift basket will be raffled for an extra $2 bucks. 

Check your mail and our latest post for all of the details.

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  • Cara H.

    Those that went to the event and were not checked off please let me know. Not everyone signed in.

    February 7, 2014

  • Alka

    Hi everyone hope to see some of you at the next Meetup - The eclectic documentary from across the globe TO-LET. We will have interesting previews before the film and a skype Q&A with the filmmaker after.
    The venues is the hideout downtown. For event information check out the meet up posting.

    February 4, 2014

  • LYNN S.

    Best meet up ever!!!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Laura B.

    Thanks Cara, Nihat, and Omar for putting together this event!! Really appreciate it, and thanks to all who attended. Great meeting everyone, and talking up bats....Thanks also to Billie and Bill for the lovely "bat shirt"--it's absolutely gorgeous!! And to Joanie too for the coffee. Cara, you've got the magic! You're getting us up and out the door to see some wonderful docs. Can't wait for the next doc showing!!

    1 · February 2, 2014

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    February 2, 2014

  • Cara H.

    Thanks everyone for coming tonight. We had a blast! It was a nice turn-out, we were at almost full capacity. The film was really nice, the food was good and I met so many new friends. So happy to see new friends as well as old ones. Wow you guys made me proud. Thanks to Nihat and Omar our co-organizers for all of your help. Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks to the filmmaker Laura Brooks for sharing your film with us, and the Q&A was very informative. Thanks for Joanie from Joanie's Java for donating the coffee for the gift basket. Also we had Queen Pelican hand crafted soap. Mathew not only won the gift basket, but also purchased more coffee from Joanie. There were so many new faces tonight. A few of you who signed up couldn't make it, hope to see you at the next event "To-Let" on February 16th.

    1 · February 1, 2014

    • Alka

      Congratulations Cara, on another wonderful event organized by Austin Doc. Fans. sorry I missed the film & meeting Laura Brooks! would have loved to be there.

      February 2, 2014

    • Laura

      I'm so sorry I missed it! Something came up at the last minute. I hope to make it to the next one!

      February 2, 2014

  • marcie

    Another informative documentary and great evening! Thank you Cara.

    February 2, 2014

  • Rw

    I'm sick :-(

    February 1, 2014

    • Cara H.

      Ah, so sorry to hear that, hope you feel better.

      February 1, 2014

  • Cara H.

    I am really excited about our event and all of the new folks coming tomorrow. We have such a diverse group coming tomorrow. I just sent an email with all of the details about the event. Check your mail and see you tomorrow.

    January 31, 2014

  • Carrie

    Bringing a guest

    January 29, 2014

  • Cara H.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone. Make sure you update your RSVP 48 hours hours prior to the event. We are looking for sponsors. We are put together a gift basket with items from Austin businesses for example coffee, wholesome snacks, root beer.....Donations of items are welcomed. The gift basket will be handmade with cedar wood. Some of the items will also be handmade products. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

    January 23, 2014

  • Dawn C.

    1 additional guest

    January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go, but I'm going to Carnival that night. I hate it when two things happen on the same day an dime.

    January 6, 2014

  • LT

    Sad that I can't go since it is so close to home. I have to work that evening and then carnaval that night.

    January 6, 2014

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