NOTES FROM THE FILMMAKERS
In Richard Miron’s surprising and empathetic For the Birds, we follow an unusual woman named Kathy who lives with 200 pet chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.
What starts as a story seemingly about Kathy’s battle with local animal advocacy groups slowly transforms into an intimate drama about her relationship with her husband Gary, and the toll the birds have taken on their marriage and her well-being.
Filmed over the course of five years, this sensitive tale of one woman’s world breaking down—poignant and absorbing in equal measure—is ultimately one of hope about the possibility of regaining one’s life.
About the Filmmakers
For the Birds is a documentary by Richard Miron, produced by Jeffrey Star and Holly Meehl, executive produced by Cindy Meehl and Brian Reed. Find out more about the film at forthebirdsdocumentary.com.
New York Times Critics’ Pick.
“Indelible… what makes ‘For the Birds’ stand out is its editing, which carefully builds a story from multiple perspectives. Miron avoids easy conclusions about what drives Kathy, and he stays with her long enough for her story to surprise. The reward of his patience is a psychological portrait that develops mystery the more it reveals. From filth springs life — no less precious for its muddy origins.”
– Teo Bugbee. The New York Times. For the Birds’ Review: From an Overcrowded Chicken Coop Springs Life. 30 May 2019
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