The Flight of the Frigate Bird

Upcoming Screenings

August 29, 2020: Hurricane Watch Party - In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is re-releasing their landmark documentary, The Flight of the Frigate Bird- An Omen of Rising Seas. Part oral history, part scientific, geological, and economic examination, the film, narrated by Grammy-winning country artist Shelby Lynne, looks at Dauphin Island over the decades and how our community has responded to both storms and development. The 30-minute piece also reflects on the future of the Island, offering realistic ideas on how we can build resilience to future challenges. To join the party, watch our film on August 29th and tag us on Facebook or Instagram.

Nov 14-17, 2019 | Fairhope Film Festival

About the Film

Dauphin Island is a beautiful barrier island off the coast of Alabama. Known as the sunset capital of the state, visitors journey from across the country to experience the laid back atmosphere, world-class birding, to enjoy the white sands and miles of beach.

As large storms and rising seas threaten the future of the island, this documentary takes a look at how generations of Islanders have adapted to the ever changing landscape of barrier island life. From experience, they knew to protect the dunes, forests, and marshes because those were their greatest protection from hurricanes and storm-surge. They avoided building right on the beach because it was too vulnerable to storms and erosion.

As development boomed after a bridge was built in the 1950s, many of the tenets of the islanders were ignored. Now the community is faced with daunting decisions about how to best adapt to an eroding shoreline, rising seas, and larger storms.

Oral History

While we spend a significant amount of time in the film with the Islanders reminiscing about how the island was before the bridge, we just didn't have time to include all of our favorite stories. So we put together a short video with some of those stories.