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The word is The Bird: a documentary about the Penguin’s rise and fall

Posted on 6 Jan 2011 by Justin Ruckman

Tim Grant, Adam Frazier, and Adam Hobbs are working bringing the Penguin’s story to film, in all of its greasy, grimy glory. Expected release is by the end of 2011.

The movie, called The Bird, was directed, written, and edited by Charlotteans Tim Grant, Adam Frazier, and Adam Hobbs, all of whom agreed their decision came from the sense that this was a watershed in Charlotte history: “I always thought of The Penguin almost as a poster child for the optimistic side of Charlotte’s identity. A place people cared about, both those who created it and those who enjoyed hanging out there. Our initial goal was to witness the final weekend before the so-called “boycott” and try to learn as much as we could about the controversy.”

Frazier agreed: “We wanted to capture the last remaining days of The Penguin as we knew it and basically document the best funeral ever”

No website or social media presence to speak of yet. More info via Annie Monjar from Charlotte Magazine’s Revue.


  1. Dora B. 6 Jan 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Oh, this looks awesome! Can’t wait to watch the entire thing.

  2. Ben Marvin 7 Jan 2011 at 2:50 AM

  3. stephan r. monteserin 12 Jan 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Kudos guys. I miss the Penguin, Plaza-Midwood, and Charlotte a whole lot. To all the people and places that make the QC great, Huzzah!