Feb 1, 2014 · 7:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
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.
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