Jonathan Franzen to Support 'Emptying the Skies' at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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The novelist is scheduled to land at the U.K. event to support the documentary based on his New Yorker essay about songbird poaching in Europe.

LONDON -- Jonathan Franzen is scheduled to land at this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest to support the film Emptying The Skies, which is based on the novelist's New Yorker magazine essay about rampant migratory songbird poaching in southern Europe.

Co-directed and produced by Roger Kass, whose brother Douglas Kass directs, the documentary follows a squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives disrupting trapping operations and freeing as many wild birds as possible.

It will unspool in the festival's global encounters strand.

Franzen is executive producer of the film.

The 20th edition of the Sheffield Doc/Fest runs June 12-16 in the city of Sheffield.