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Return Flight

Synopsis

The bald eagle was once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, a group of islands just off the coast of Southern California. Then in the early 60’s the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and DDT contamination. Return Flight chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists and their partners has been working tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands, leading to some amazing results.

The Filmmakers

A FILMMAKERS COLLABORATIVE SF PRODUCTION presents the documentary "RETURN FLIGHT" written, directed, and produced by KEVIN WHITE executive producers JENNIFER BOYCE, GABRIELLE DORR, ANNIE LITTLE edited by THERON YEAGER and GINA LIEBRECHT camera RICHARD NEIL, DAVID DONNENFIELD, DON STARNES, KEVIN WHITE motion graphics SEAN DANA finishing editor DAVID SANTAMARIA sound mixing LEROY CLARK & SHANE WATSON and SIRIUS SOUND additional camera OWEN BISSELL, CHRISTOPHER BLUM, JOHN BROOKS, DAMON CRUMP, JOHN DUTTON, MICHAEL HANRAHAN, STEFANI JIJON, PETER SHARPE, JIM SPICKLER, SCOTT STENDER, JACK TANKARD location audio OWEN BISSELL, MIKE BRANIGER, DAVID DONNENFIELD, JOHN DUTTON, DAVID FEAGAN, SANDY HAIN, DAVID SILBERBERG additional graphic design ALEZA D'AGOSTINO, FULYA GUNEY research and production assistance ALEZA D'AGOSTINO, MICHELE DENNIS, LIBBY FALCK, CASEY FLORES, MARIA HENRIKSEN music by APM MUSIC additional stills and footage courtesy of ARCHIVE.ORG, CBS-NEWS, CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM, CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY, HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT, INSTITUTE FOR WILDLIFE STUDIES, KTTV-FOX 11, K2 COMMUNICATIONS, MACGILLIVRAY FREEMAN FILMS, THE OCEAN CHANNEL, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND FOUNDATION, SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM, T3MEDIA, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, VIDEO BLOCKS, VENTURA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION narrated by PETER COYOTE with appearances by KATE FAULKNER, PETER SHARPE, MARLA DAILY, ROBERT RISEBROUGH, ANN HURLEY, TOM DUNLAP, ANNIE LITTLE, DAVID GARCELON, LOTUS VERMEER, DEBBIE HANSEN.