Chicken People Documentary DVD

Chicken People Documentary DVD

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Chicken People 

Without a doubt, this is the best docu film of the decade for us poultry lovers. Highlighting exhibitors, their birds and the zany that goes with it. Fabulous star personality, cinematography and has irresistible charm! You will watch it over and over again. 

Chicken People
Directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes
Produced by
Written by Nicole Lucas Haimes
Music by Michael Hearst
Cinematography Martina Radwan
Edited by Kevin Klauber, A.C.E.
Sara Booth
Distributed by CMT
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release date
  • 13 March 2016 (SXSW)
  • 23 September 2016
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Chicken People is a 2016 documentary film about people who breed and raise chickens for exhibition. It is focused primarily on three subjects who compete in the Ohio National Poultry Show in Columbus, Ohio.

A number of reviewers compared it to the mockumentary Best in Show.[1][2][3][4]

After an overview of people who have a passion for raising poultry, the film focuses on three main characters — Brian Caraker, a musical theater performer from Branson, Missouri; Brian Knox, an engineer of high performance race engines from New Hampshire; and Shari McCollough, a homemaker from Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Chicken People has received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 100% based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 7.23/10.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 81 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[6]

Writing for The New York Times, Helen T. Verongos stated that "these chicken people, with deep connections to their birds, make for a fun and at times astonishing film."[7] In a review for the Los Angeles Times, Katie Walsh wrote that "the film proves to be more than just a glimpse into a world that's easy to titter at. Haimes delves into the larger issues and psychological motivations that drive the kind of obsession that allows one to breed award-winning poultry."[3] Joe Leydon, in a review for Variety, called it an "illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders", and wrote that the film "generates a fair amount of suspense, [... but] it also abounds in moments of ineffably charming comic relief".[2]