Judy Irving

Judy Irving is an American filmmaker. She directed the documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, about writer Mark Bittner's relationship with a flock of wild parrots. The film won the Genesis Award for "Outstanding Documentary Film" in 2005,[1] and is one of the 25 top-grossing theatrical documentaries of all time[2] with over $3 million in box-office receipts.[3] On May 29, 2007, Parrots was featured on the PBS series Independent Lens.[4]

A previous feature-length film, Dark Circle won the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1983 as well as a National Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in News and Documentary" in 1990.

Irving earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in 1968[5] and a master's degree in from Stanford University in 1973[6] She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film in 1983. In 2006, she married Mark Bittner after the two fell in love during the filming of Parrots.

She is the executive director of Pelican Media,[7] a San Francisco non-profit which produces environmentally themed films.


  1. "Animals Come into Focus: The 20th Anniversary Genesis Awards Honors the Media that Spotlighted Animals in 2005". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
  2. "Independent Lens . THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL . Filmmaker Bio". PBS. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  3. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424565/business
  4. "Independent Lens . The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill". PBS. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  5. Connecticut College, Film by Judy Irving ยด68 takes flight March 7, 2005. Accessed January 7, 2012.
  6. Stanford University, SPOTLIGHT: Judy Irving, MA '73 Filming Her Convictions 2008. Accessed January 7, 2012.
  7. "Welcome to Pelican Media". Pelicanmedia.org. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
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