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The film, directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes and produced by Motto Pictures, received its world premiere at the 2016 South By Southwest Film Festival. It will continue its film festival run leading up to the theatrical release in late summer followed by an on demand and digital release in October before premiering on Cmt later this year.
It’s the first theatrical run for a documentary from Cmt, which launched a dedicated documentary division in 2014.
The film follows exotic poultry breeders from across America with the goal of winning the title of Grand Champion at the Ohio National Poultry Show in November.
“Christopher Guest couldn’t have written this better, »
- Dave McNary
Even if you can’t tell a leghorn from a mud hen, you may find yourself fascinated by “Chicken People,” an illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders. Director Nicole Luca Haimes approaches her subjects — both human and otherwise — with equal measures of bemused curiosity and respectful empathy, with nary a trace of wink-wink condescension. To be sure, it’s initially tempting to view the documentary — which has been flapping across the fest circuit prior to limited theatrical release and Cmt airdates — as a real-life version of Christopher Guest’s satirical “Best in Show.” But as the film progresses, the sheer determination of the breeders who are Haimes’ primary focus commands respect, not derision.
Haimes offers snippets of interviews with several chicken fanciers — including a few who admit, either reluctantly or robustly, that they occasionally dine on poultry — but largely concentrates on three competitors. »
- Joe Leydon
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