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Welcome to Pelican Media

Based in San Francisco, California, Pelican Media is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose primary aim is the production of films with environmental themes.


Our special focus is on urban habitat: the relationships between people and animals. Recent projects include films about a flock of wild parrots in San Francisco, California brown pelicans along the coast, and double-crested cormorants on a Columbia River island.

Our revenue comes from foundations, individuals, organizations, government grants, broadcast rights, film royalties, stock footage sales, DVD/streaming distribution, and other program-related sources. Executive Director Judy Irving is an Emmy-and-Sundance-award-winning filmmaker.

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"Cold Refuge" premieres to huge crowd at Ocean Film Festival!

Why swim in a cold bay where predators could kill you?

Six resilient swimmers from the South End Rowing Club tell us why. Nearly 400 people attended the April 16th 2023 premiere screening in San Francisco, and film subjects joined director Judy Irving onstage for Q&A. Next screening is June 27th at Delancey Street Theater. Check back for details.

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Pelican Media Board of Directors

Laura Lent, President

David Kennedy, Treasurer

Marilee A. Gaffney, Secretary

Corinne DeBra

Katherine Petrin

Annie Somerville

Nanette Stringer

Karen Frank, Legal Counsel

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