Based on the book of the same name, the film reenacts the summer of 1821 when Audubon secured a job as a tutor for the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Pirrie in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
Audubon accepted the tutoring job because he was bankrupt, a situation that nearly forced him to abandon his bird folio project. He didn’t think the job would advance his bird project at all, but that was before he spent the summer at Oakley Plantation among Louisiana’s beautiful and plentiful birds.
Audubon’s summer of birds deepened his art and writing and permanently influenced that region of Louisiana.
Don’t miss A Summer of Birds on Sunday September 26 at 5:00pm on WQED, Pittsburgh.
(logo from A Summer of Birds. Image credit: New York Historical Society. Click on the image to see a preview from Louisiana Public Broadcasting.)