Alex and Me: The Movie

I just found this on Facebook, and wanted to post. I am highly encouraging this movie: this story needs to be brought to the big screen!

Hello! It is my great pleasure to announce the launch of a brand new website offering fans of Alex, the genius African Grey Parrot, a unique opportunity to take part in the motion picture adaptation of the New York Times best-seller “Alex & Me.” The website was created by independent filmmakers working with the book’s author, Dr. Irene Pepperberg, to develop a screenplay based on her remarkable true story.

We want to promote a film about love and triumph, groundbreaking scientific research, and the journey of one woman to reveal the secrets of avian intelligence to the world. The process of adapting a screenplay from a book requires immense amounts of research and financial resources, and we need your help.

This is your chance to help some young filmmakers make a dream come true and bring the story of Alex to the silver screen. Please take the time to learn more about who we are and this heartwarming book and consider making a contribution at any level, big or small, to help us reach our goal. A $20 donation to this film will get your name in the credits, a thank you note from the writers and producers, and constant updates about our progress as we strive to make this film a reality.

This is also a rare opportunity for the birding community. Blog writers, publishers, and bird advocates everywhere should share the news that we are turning the greatest bird story into a movie. Alex and Irene’s story is one of a kind and we owe it to them for all their hard work and amazing accomplishments. The world needs to see this story on the big screen!

Here are several ways you can help!

* Publish an article about the filmmakers
* Spread the word about our project
* Post a link on your website
* Add links to our Facebook and twitter pages

Earthrise Pictures and FaR Out Productions invite you to take part in the thrilling online movement to change the way movies are being made in Hollywood. Every donation made at will help us expand our creative Movie Lab, post video blogs & fun interactive games, and enable updates to the fans with the latest news as we write the screenplay. It’s all through PayPal so the contribution is safe and secure.

If you would like to contact the writing team to request an interview or additional information about the project for a news article, contact Producer Joshua Dinner at We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!

Producers: Joshua Dinner & Chris Godwin
Writers: Trever James & Luke Rold

A New York Times bestseller and selected as one of the paper’s critic’s Top Ten Books of the Year, “Alex & Me” is the remarkable true story of the extraordinary relationship between Dr. Irene M. Pepperberg and Alex, an African Grey parrot who was considered the smartest bird on earth until his unexpected death on September 6, 2007.

Over the thirty years they had worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous—two pioneers who opened an unprecedented window into the hidden yet vast world of animal minds. Alex’s brain was the size of a shelled walnut, and when Irene and Alex first met, birds were not believed to possess any potential for language, consciousness, or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence. Yet, over the years, Alex proved many things. He could add. He could sound out words. He understood concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none. He was capable of thought and intention. Together, Alex and Irene uncovered a startling reality: We live in a world populated by thinking, conscious creatures.

The fame that resulted was extraordinary. Yet there was a side to their relationship that never made the papers. They were emotionally connected to one another. They shared a deep bond far beyond science. Alex missed Irene when she was away. He was jealous when she paid attention to other parrots, or even people. He liked to show her who was boss. He loved to dance. He sometimes became bored by the repetition of his tests, and played jokes on her. Sometimes they sniped at each other. Yet nearly every day, they each said, “I love you.”

Alex and Irene stayed together through thick and thin—despite sneers from experts, extraordinary financial sacrifices, and a nomadic existence from one university to another. The story of their thirty-year adventure is equally a landmark of scientific achievement and of an unforgettable human-animal bond. Today, Irene maintains the Alex Foundation and continues her work with other parrots. She is an associate research professor at Brandeis University in Massachusetts and teaches animal cognition at Harvard University.

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Emily February 16, 2011 Bird News, Blog