A woman's love for her pet ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys—all 200 of them—ignites a battle with local animal rescuers and puts her marriage in jeopardy.
For the Birds is a feature documentary by Richard Miron, produced by Jeffrey Star and Holly Meehl, executive produced by Cindy Meehl (director of BUCK) and Brian Reed (host and co-creator of the podcast S-TOWN).
For the Birds premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and AFI Docs in June 2018, and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at New Orleans Film Festival and Ridgefield Independent Film Festival. It is currently screening at film festivals worldwide.
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.
One of ten projects selected to participate in the 2016 IFP Documentary Labs.
Post-production was supported by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.