One of the perks working in Sarasota, Fla., was the opportunity to talk to filmmakers coming into town for the Sarasota Film Festival.
“The Great Chicken Wing Hunt” will have two showings at the Sarasota Film Festival and also host two parties featuring free wings.
The greatest chicken wing in America will make an appearance in Sarasota before being devoured by hungry diners and moviegoers.
Director Matt Reynolds’ film The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, will be screened at the Sarasota Film Festival at 1:15 p.m. Monday and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20, where his quest for the best Buffalo wings leads him to abandon his job in Europe and return to America for the ride of his life.
“We went to 72 places and tried 260-something kinds of wings in 60 days, so it was quite a marathon of wing eating,” Reynolds told Patch.
Reynolds, a native of New York’s Finger Lakes region, decided to quit his job in Europe and take a Slovak film crew and his Czech girlfriend Lucie Mayerova to go for a ride for the best Buffalo wing, a quintessential American party food that’s been around since 1964.
Reynolds, who worked as an international journalist, travels more than 2,500 miles, largely around New York, with a few stops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario, and ending in the home of wings—Buffalo.
“I think for people who like wings there’s a lot to learn about wings,” he said. “We make the case in the movie that it was the first uniquely American food to be spread all over the world.”
Reynolds will also host two free after parties following the screenings of his film.
The first up is at Clasico Cafe and Bar, on the corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free wings, including what Reynolds considers the world’s greatest, will be offered, as well as free vodka cocktails sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Reynolds said.
A second party will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Wednesday at White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Road, with dancing, free Tito’s cocktails and wings.
The Great Chicken Wing Hunt
Tickets: $12.50. Available at SFF Box Office at Hollywood 20 or purchase online.
Runtime: 70 minutes
Showings: 1:15 p.m. Monday and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday
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