Ray's Birds

Deborah Stratman

2010 | 00:07:00 | United Kingdom | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | 16mm film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Animals, Documentary, Expedition/Travel, Labor

Ray Lowden keeps seventy-two large birds of prey, five deer and some wallabies at his place in Northumberland, England. He’s had ten days off in twelve years and loves what he does. The film is a little homage to his variously coy, imperious, curious, stubborn and comic raptor menagerie.

-- Deborah Stratman

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Prizes + Awards

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Special Jury Prize: The "On the Fly" Award, 2011


International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Exhibitions + Festivals

Onion City Film Festival, Chicago, IL, 2010

Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, BC, 2010

Views from the Avant Garde, New York Film Festival, 2010

UKS (The Young Artists Society), Oslo, Norway, 2011

Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI, 2011

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC, 2011

Filmer à tout prix Documentary Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium, 2011

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival, Silver Spring, MD, 2011

Camden International Film Festival & Points North Documentary Forum, Maine, 2011

Mostra de Ciencia e Cinema Festival, Galicia, Spain, 2011


Stream Single Title

Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001


Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001



Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung