Birdkeeper follows the story of 11-year-old Stanley Porteus after he leaves the Green School in Bali to navigate the world of hack schooling. Inspired by an internship as a junior birdkeeper at the Begawan Foundation, a premier breed and release center in Bali, Stanley cares for the nearly extinct, and wildly beautiful, Bali Starling bird in his daily duties of preparing their food and cleaning their cages.

Birdkeeper introduces Bali's unique Bali Starling to the world and highlights Indonesia's current songbird crisis, which springs from an ancestral javanese cultural tradition. His film features an A-list cast of influencers including Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon and Stanford Professor Emeritus Philip Zimbardo.

  • Stanley Porteus
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • MEI International Youth Conference
    April 29, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Kolohe Productions
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - STANLEY PORTEUS

Stanley was born in a small ranching town on the Big Island of Hawaii. When he was five years old, his parents talked him into joining them on a one year family adventure in Bali, Indonesia. That was 7 years ago.

After attending the Green School in Bali for 5 years, Stanley decided to venture out into the world of education on his own. He landed an internship at the Begawan Foundation, the world's premier breed and release center for the nearly extinct Bali Starling bird, which is endemic to Bali.

'Birdkeeper' takes the viewer along for the ride during his internship as a junior birdkeeper as well as highlights the current plight of the Bali Starling and the songbird crisis in Indonesia.

He uses a sense of humor and his love of art to help tell the story.

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Director Statement

I learned a lot about filmmaking from Begawan Foundation's founder, Mr. Bradley Gardener. Lesson #1, laughter is the best medicine.