Ever wonder who makes the world's best Buffalo wing? Here's the film that settles it once and for all.
THE GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT is a documentary about Buffalo wings and the rag-tag team that set out to find the perfect one.
Invented in 1964, the once lowly Buffalo wing has become one of the world's most popular snack foods. But who makes the best one?
That was the question, posed to me in a Slovak bar, that gave birth to a quest by 10 strangers to scour the northeast United State -- the birthplace of the hot wing -- to find the world's ultimate wing. We covered 2,500 miles and sampled wings from 75 of the world's best wing houses in 16 action-packed days on the road.
Our quest was followed by hundreds of thousands on the web and TV and in newspapers across the country. A nation waited with bated breath as we deliberated for two days to pick a winner.
Find out who we picked and how we made our choice -- and what we learned about Buffalo wings and the nature of perfection. Support us and help the film make it out into the world!
It's been four long years and now we're at the finish line. We've screened rough cuts to large audiences and gotten great responses. Now we need to give the film some final professional spit and polish before we submit it to festivals and hopefully broadcast it on TV. Your donations will go to sound mix, color correction and other finishing touches that could make the difference.
Want to see what you're backing? Join us for special rough cut screenings at Mudville 9 in New York City on April 28.
THE GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT is a co-production between Slovak and American filmmakers. It has been funded by the New York State Arts Council (NYSCA), the Slovak Ministry of Culture, a handfull of private investors and made possible by the hard work and generosity of dozens of filmmakers and wing buffs from around the world.
An excerpt from the film was broadcast on PBS in 2010. A rough cut of the film screened to a great response at the monthly Docuclub screening series in NYC in January.
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An electronic copy of wing hunter Al Caster's spirited rendition of the American folk classic "Old '97", as heard in the film.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Wing hunter and social butterfly Ben Beavers calls you and tells you a joke.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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A digital download of the film, suitable for Itunes, ipods, ipads and other digital platforms. Multiple formats and codecs available upon request.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Digital download plus the winning sauce recipe from the 2007 National Buffalo Wing Festival cook-off, created by wing hunters Matt Reynolds and Ric Kealoha.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Wing Hunter Hunter Ron Wieszczyk emails you instructions on making hot sauce from peppers grown in your own garden or bought in your local store, answers your questions over the phone. Plus digital download.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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The winning sauce recipe from the 2007 National Buffalo Wing Festival cook-off, created by wing hunters Matt Reynolds and Ric Kealoha PLUS professional tips and one-time phone support from Matt Reynolds.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Wing Hunter Ben Beavers takes you out for wings and a movie! Rochester, Ontario and Wayne Counties only. Plus digital download.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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A digital download of the film AND you get special-thanked in the credits. See your name on the big screen!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Special issue commemorative DVD of the film, with cover art by designer Deirdre O'Connor, plus special thanks in the credits.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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One bottle of wing hunter Ron Wieszczyk's special edition homemade achi-chambo pepper sauce. HOT! Plus special thanks and digital download.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Wing Hunter trucker hat, as seen in the film, autographed by the world's #1 wing chef (whose name I will not mention for those who haven't heard it), as chosen by hunters in the film. Plus special thanks and special edition DVD.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Two-hour meeting (NYC only) or Skype session with director Matt Reynolds on how to make YOUR independent film (or how to start that other epic project you've been putting off). Plus special thanks and special edition DVD.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Consultation with award-winning documentary producer and director Elizabeth Mandel, who's most recent film, Pushing the Elephant, aired on PBS's Independent Lens in 2011. Discuss funding, devise a festival strategy -- Elizabeth is ready to help make your project succeed. Plus special thanks and special edition DVD.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Special edition full-size movie poster, autographed by world's #1 wing chef, director Matt Reynolds and wing hunter Ben Beavers, plus special thanks and special edition DVD.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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The Full Monty: Special edition DVD, autographed poster, autographed hat, award-winning sauce recipe, sauce phone support and special thanks in the credits.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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2007 National Wing Fest sauce champion Matt Reynolds cooks wings at YOUR EVENT. Perfect for Super Bowl or July 4th parties or company functions. Price of ingredients not included. New York State only. Plus special thanks and special edition DVD.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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The Full Monty + an associate producer's credit.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Special screening of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt at your company or home, followed by Q&A with director Matt Reynolds. New York State only. Plus special thanks.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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One week of deer hunting at wing hunter Ron Wieszcyk's cabin in Andover, NY, plus special thanks, special edition DVD.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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All lower level prizes plus an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit.Estimated delivery: May 2012