The Turning Point ( is the web site for Mark Bittner. I’m best known as the human subject of the documentary film The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. I’m also the author of a book of the same title. (Special News: The 4k remaster of the documentary film is currently having a theatrical run. Click here to see the schedule. Click on the image at the bottom of the page to see the new trailer.)

Besides basic biographical and contact information, the site focuses on three areas of my work. One is The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, which includes my book, the film, and my photographs of the parrots. The writing on the flock will be scanty for a while. There are photographs in the gallery.

Street Songs

A second area is my current and primary project, a memoir titled Street Song and an accompanying set of recordings, Street Songs. The two works tell the story of the turn my life took when I abandoned everything—work, home, friends—and ended up on the streets of San Francisco as a homeless seeker. Prior to dropping out, I’d been a street singer, and the one state slid into the other. The book is finished and I’m seeking a publisher. The song recordings are finished as well—mixed and mastered. I’m not sure yet how I’ll be getting them out—probably not until the book is published. There are samples with accompanying videos in the section for the recordings.

A third feature of the site is a blog that I call The Turning Point, which gives the site its name. I believe that we’re at a major turning point in history, one that has been a long time coming and that, at the moment, we can scarcely imagine. My years on the street provided me with a perspective that few people have today. Some will find my views startling. But they’re not wild ideas. I didn’t dream them up on my own. I heard most of them from others first. They’ve kept my attention for decades, and I’ve found confirmation for them over and over. I will write about other areas that interest me, but the coming changes and what preceded them will be my primary focus.


The Turning Point