Elizabeth Rebecca Bird
November 24, 1966 - March 28, 2021
We mourn the passing of Elizabeth (Beth) R. Bird on March 28, 2021 at the age of 54. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and moved to San Francisco in 2009. A graduate of Brown University (BA 1990) and the California Institute for the Arts (MFA 2003), she was pursuing a PhD in UC Berkeley's Department of Film & Media (2016-2020).
Beth was a scholar, educator, filmmaker, and activist, whose life path and achievements were deeply informed by Quaker values and Buddhist practices. She was a member of the San Francisco Friends Meeting. An inspiring teacher, she taught courses on film, media and art history at UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts and San Francisco Art Institute. As a filmmaker, she is best known for her feature-length documentary, "Everyone Their Grain of Sand," (2004), which won many awards. Beth was an avid hiker, birder and cross-country skier. She will be remembered for her fierce strength and determination, her integrity and dedication to honesty, and commitment to friends and family.
Beth is survived by her wife Betti-Sue Hertz, son Mateus Zacharia Hertz-Bird, brother Timothy Lyman Bird (Rebecca MacDonald) and nieces Siena Rose MacDonald Bird and Grace Elizabeth Stanton Bird.
Donations can be made to Farm & Wilderness, 401 Farm and Wilderness Road, Plymouth, VT 05056.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 8 to Apr. 11, 2021.