Carey Institute for Global Good to Kick Off Rensselaerville Festival of Writers

Screening of acclaimed film “Winged Migration;” Followed by discussion with Audubon New York Director Erin Crotty

RENSSELAERVILLE, NY – On Thursday August 15, the Carey Center for Global Good and the Rensselaerville Festival of Writers will open this year’s celebration of arts and literature with a screening of the film Winged Migration. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Audubon New York Director Erin Crotty. This event will kick-off the weekend long festival of readings, workshops, receptions featuring local and regional writers, and many nationally known authors in Rensselaerville.

The film, Winged Migration, showcases the immense journeys made by birds during migration. Dedicated to the late French ornithologist Jean Dorst, the film was shot over four years on all seven continents. The dramatic aerial footage simulates the experience of soaring with the birds. Producer Christophe Barratier calls the film “neither a documentary nor fiction, but rather a ‘natural tale’.”
 Following the film, Erin Crotty will lead a discussion focusing on the notable characteristics of the Atlantic Flyway and the challenges of migration along the east coast and discuss what local bird species may appear or disappear as a result of climate change.

“We are excited to be kicking off this year’s Rensselaerville Festival of Writers with this great program,” said Carey Center for Global Good President Carol Ash. “This wonderful weekend of art and literature will benefit a great cause and the historic Rensselaerville Library.”

This summer marks the fourth Rensselaerville Festival of Writers. The event has consistently grown since the first festival in 2009, and has won the Upper Hudson Library System’s Program of the Year award. Past festivals showcased author’s including: Andy Rooney, William Kennedy, Galway Kinnell, Jean Craighead, George Candace Christiansen, Nick Flynn, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Francine Prose, and Mary Morris. All festival proceeds benefit the historic Rensselaerville Library located at 1459 County Route 351 (Main St.), Rensselaerville.

The screening is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 15. Tickets are $10 for people 16 years of age and older, free for those under 16. Please RSVP at 518.797.3949. Copies of the film will be for sale at the event. For more information on the Festival of Writers, please visit, and for more information on the Carey Center and its initiatives, visit their website at