Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mad City Chickens to screen at Willy Street Fair in September

September 19th 2009 Madison, Wisconsin - Outdoor Film Series presented by the Willy Street Co-op - 8:00pm at the co-op, 1221 Williamson Street. The screening takes place during the Willy Street Fair.

The filmmakers are scheduled to attend and will do a Q&A afterward.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

We meet founder

We'd exchanged emails over the last couple years, but it was a real pleasure to finally get to meet in person Thomas Kriese, the founder of Thomas came to our recent San Francisco screening and joined in the lively chicken conversations afterward.

Read Thomas' post after attending the SF premiere.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Santa Barbara screening a wonderful success!

The following is from chicken author Christine Heinrichs who did a Q&A after last night's Santa Barbara screening:

What a delight to be greeted by over 200 enthusiastic chicken lovers! They came to view Mad City Chickens, and then talk about chickens. Katherine Anderson, local farmer who raises chickens and turkeys, and Loren Luyendyk, a carpenter who builds chicken coops, also answered questions.

The Santa Barbara Library’s Faulkner Gallery is a beautiful room. People squeezed in, some sitting on the floor. They were all good humored and eager to get help with their chicken questions and willing to help others.

I’ve seen the movie several times now. It’s a Feel Good movie as well as documenting the backyard chicken situation and the legal particulars of Madison, Wisconsin. Watching it with an appreciative audience makes it all the more enjoyable.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mad City Chickens screens tonight in Santa Barbara

Tonight's public screening will be a Santa Barbara premiere. Sponsored by Hope Dance Films, the show will begin at 7:00pm at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street. Chicken author Christine Heinrichs, who's also in the film, is scheduled to do a Q&A after the screening.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Madison Coop Tour images up on flickr

Muchas gracias to Kristy for posting images of all the coops from Saturday's Madison Chicken Coop Tour on her flickr account.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chicken Tractor author Pat Foreman attends screening!

After the Madison Coop Tour, we had the great pleasure of having dinner with Pat Foreman, author of The Chicken Tractor! Her brand new book City Chicks is due out in October. Pat said a few words before the film last night. It was the first outdoor screening of Mad City Chickens that we'd attended. Tiki torches, lawn chairs and a wonderful crowd. What great fun! Thanks to Chris and Andrew Yero for hosting the event.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Madison Chicken Coop Tour Today

End your coop-touring day by enjoying a free screening of Mad City Chickens as it was meant to be seen…in a backyard with chickens!

- Location: 1937 Vahlen Street in Madison (Lucinda’s Saloon)
- Bring your own chairs
- Doors open at 7:30; movie starts at dusk.
- Filmmakers will be there to talk about their movie and answer questions from the audience.
- Popcorn and water provided. Feel free to bring in other goodies
(adult beverages are fine)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ottawa Premiere Tonight!

Tonight, August 14th, the Ottawa Premiere of Mad City Chickens! Centretown Outdoor Film Festival sponsored by Just Food - 9:00pm Dundonald Park (Somerset & Kent), Ottawa, Ontario.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Free screening after the Chicken Coop Tour!

The Madison backyard chicken coop tour is this Saturday! After the tour, come to a free screening of the film.

The MadCity Chicken Coop Tour is a great event for both the curious and the serious to learn more about backyard chickens. This is a self-guided tour of coops throughout Madison. Location information for this year's tour is coming soon. You can also see a map of the tour with addresses and descriptions of the host coops and flocks at

Special this year: See Mad City Chickens the movie!

End your coop-touring day by enjoying a free screening of Mad City Chickens as it was meant to be seen - in a backyard with chickens! Movie starts at dusk. The filmmakers will be there to talk about their movie and answer questions from the audience. The movie will be shown at the home of Lucinda's Saloon - 1937 Vahlen Street in Madison. Doors open at 7:30; movie begins at dusk.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SLO premiere of Mad City Chickens

August 12th 2009 San Luis Obispo, California - Public Screening presented by Hope Dance Films - 7:00pm SLO Library, 995 Palm Street, Chicken author Christine Heinrichs (who's in the film) is scheduled to attend.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mad City Chickens screens in Toronto tonight

August 11th 2009 Toronto, Ontario Canada - Public Screening presented by Toronto Chickens - 7:30pm Hart House, University of Toronto.

Monday, August 10, 2009

TV News Coverage of Sacramento Screening

While in Sacramento, both Abi Crouch (an underground chicken owner) and Tashai were interviewed on KCRA TV 3 News prior to the first public screening. Watch the short segment here.

Tashai was also written up in an article in The Sacramento Bee

Mad City Chickens screens in San Francisco

Over 75 people filled the quaint Delancy Street Theater tonight for our San Francisco premiere. Four California cities in four days. And a first the whole audience sat through the entire credits as well as the Q&A that followed.

Read a review of the evening by Thomas Kriese on his blog.

Modified Chicken Coop in Davis

An unexpected, unedited shoot with Ed Clemens, one of our public screening hosts for the Mad City Chickens documentary in Davis, California. Ed shows how he modified a Dennis Harrison-Noonan coop design.

Note: video quality is less than ideal due to the fact that the only camera we had available to us was a point & shoot.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Davis Screening breaks record!

OMG! Until now, the largest crowd to have seen our film was an audience of 300 in Milwaukee last spring. But last night that record was broken when well over 350 people packed the Richard Brunelle Performing Arts Theater to see the Davis premiere! The event was sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op and Slow Food Yolo to benefit Davis Farm to School Connection. A big thank you to Jake & Ed Clemens for making it happen!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sacramento screening draws over 100!

For the second night in a row, 100 people showed up to see the film, this time at the beautifully refurbished Guild Theater in Sacramento! The evening was sponsored by the Sacramento CLUCK group, an organization that is spearheading the movement to get hens legalized in their city.

Friday, August 7, 2009

San Anselmo Screening a Success!

San Anselmo screening organizers with the filmmakers

Over 100 chicken enthusiasts showed up for our screening in San Anselmo, California tonight. Sponsored by Sustainable Fairfax and Permaculture Marin, the evening was just a delight with a lively Q&A session afterward as well as an informative slide presentation (by Pam Hartwell-Herrero, Executive Director of Sustainable Fairfax).

Monday, August 3, 2009

Slew of MCC Public Screenings over next two weeks

A slew of public screenings coming up over next two weeks:

~August 6th San Anselmo, CA
~August 7th Sacramento, CA
~August 8th Davis, CA
~August 8th Dallas, TX
~August 9th Dallas, TX
~August 9th San Francisco, CA
~August 9th Sacramento, CA
~August 11th Toronto, ON
~August 12th San Luis Obispo, CA
~August 14th Ottawa, ON
~August 15th Madison, WI

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Consuela the Rescued Chicken Lives!

We get a lot of inquiries about Consuela, the rescued chicken who is featured in the film. How is she doing? Is she still alive? Check out this video from earlier this year of Liz Perry and Consuela.