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Bluebirds of Antietam

Bluebirds of Antietam is a short documentary film that tells the story about one couple’s efforts to save the Eastern Bluebird. After spotting a bluebird outside their cabin located near the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland, Mark Raabe (of Alexandria, VA) and his late wife, Jean Raabe built bluebird boxes on their property hoping to stave off the decline in the bluebird population.

The film shares the story of their success and the current work that continues to grow and fledge bluebirds on one of the oldest continually monitored bluebird trails in the United States on the Antietam National Battlefield.

  • Conrad Weaver
    Heroin's Grip, Thirsty Land, Great American Wheat Harvest
  • Stefanie Boss
  • Stefanie Boss
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  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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    Digital 4K
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Director Biography - Conrad Weaver

Conrad Weaver is an Award-winning Producer/Director and President and owner of Conjostudios, LLC, a video production company based in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Weaver received a Mid-America Regional EMMY® Award for his 2014 documentary feature, the Great American Wheat Harvest. His second feature-length documentary, Thirsty Land was completed in early 2016 was recently released for the public on Amazon Prime. He has just recently completed his third feature documentary called Heroin's Grip - Stories from the front lines of the heroin and opioid epidemic. Conrad is also the executive producer of a feature narrative film called Scars of an Orphan which is in development.

Weaver is a seasoned pro known for his compelling cinematography and a passion for telling stories that matter. “Telling stories that matter is so much more fulfilling than stories that only entertain. My responsibility in the world, is to leave it a better place than when I arrived. If the films I produce can play a role in that, then I’ve been successful.”

In his spare time Weaver enjoys photography, skiing, sailing, and traveling. He recently volunteered as the Global Outreach Country Coordinator for Ukraine at his church in Maryland and he serves on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the town of Emmitsburg where he currently lives. Weaver previously served on the board and as president of the Emmitsburg Business and Professional Association.

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Director Statement

It was an honor to be asked to direct this film! The story is fascinating and we hope will inspire others to do what they can to conserve and to interact with the beautiful world around us.