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Gia the Greyhound Wins Best in Show at 15th Annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina

24 November 2016 11:05 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Fast on her feet, gentle on the eyes and with a glowing personality to boot, Grand Champion Grand Cru Giaconda or Gia the Greyhound is your Best in Show winner 2016. 

The four-year-old dog took home the top prize at the 15th Annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina.

This is the athletic canine’s 44th Best in Show title in just under two years. While winning isn’t new to Gia, this title was especially important to her handler Rindi Gaudet, who was hoping to win Best in Show for her grandmother watching the competition from a hospital bed.

My grandmother »

- kellibendertimeinc

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‘Chicken People’ Documentary Scheduled for Late Summer Release

21 July 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights from Cmt to the documentary “Chicken People” and plans a late summer theatrical release.

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.

Joe Leydon said in his review for Variety that “Chicken People” is “an amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders.”

Christopher Guest couldn’t have written this better, »

- Dave McNary

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Film Review: ‘Chicken People’

1 July 2016 4:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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