Chicken People

Directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes

In a high stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, CHICKEN PEOPLE follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. In the tradition of SPELLBOUND-with a little of GATES OF HEAVEN thrown in for good measure-comes a feature documentary about three remarkably rich and diverse personalities who come together to compete in their shared passion to raise the perfect chicken. The film will follow the struggles and triumphs of these characters, along with a wide array of competitors-both human and chicken-from the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens, to the Dixie Classic in Tennessee.

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  • ★★★★ review by Jacob Cornblatt on Letterboxd

    Chicken People is a real life Best in Show...

    ...or actually, there are things that happen in this that Christopher Guest would not have been able to write and actors certainly couldn't play.  From the chicken photographer to the romantic cruise boat photo, the subjects' jobs to Brian's look, Chicken People is gold.  The dramatic bits don't fit too well, but everything else is spot on.  I loved this.

    "Do you think you look like your chicken?"

    "Well, my chicken is 30 inches tall, so no."

    You can't make this stuff up, folks.

  • ★★★½ review by Ben Levin on Letterboxd

    Eating a chicken whilst watching this was definitely a bad decision.

  • ★★★½ review by Russell Holley on Letterboxd

    There's a flashy TV-ready presentation to Chicken People that's a turn off for me, but the quirky personalities in the world of competitive chicken breeding are interesting, heartfelt, and well worth checking out.

  • ★★★★ review by ianjcunningham on Letterboxd

    entices you in the guise of a "best in show" type profile, but really endears you to these wonderful people until you're practically cheering for them in the home stretch

  • ★★★½ review by Dave Jackson on Letterboxd

    Chicken People is a supremely enjoyable documentary. The chicken breeders involved are funny and odd, but treated with respect by the film. Their obsession with breeding the perfect chicken becomes quite addictive and the film packs a heartwarming punch at times. I could have done without the flashy bits of animation and sound effects, but overall this was a solid, fluffy good time.

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