about the film

Paper Birds focuses on a unique moment in time during the intersection of two very different worlds: the fading era of the traditional American circus and the rise of television. 


The year is 1951, and the Champy Family Circus faces imminent foreclosure unless its famous trapeze artist, Charles Champy, and his brother, Bernard Champy, can save it. When Charles loses his trapeze partner to an unfortunate injury, it looks as if they will have to cancel a very crucial New York City show. When Bernard seeks the advice of longtime friend, Danny Duval, a talent agent at William Morris, a solution arises that will have polarizing results: enlist a TV starlets to draw attention to the Champy Circus.


Written & Directed

By Lauren Finerman



By French Press Films