by Alice Levitt
If you're much of a drinker (or eater) you probably have a favorite place for wings.
Filmmaker Matt Reynolds left a successful career in the Czech Republic to find his. And his movie chronicling the saucy quest, The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, has been making this year's festival rounds, earning the description "The Big Lebowski of docs."
But like "the Dude," Reynolds apparently isn't great with deadlines. He missed the one for submissions to the Vermont International Film Festival, but according to festival executive director, Orly Yadin, the film was so good, she decided not just to show it but to build an event around it.
The movie screening starts at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at ArtsRiot in Burlington. The collaboration between the VTIFF and ArtsRiot takes place during the South End Truck Stop, but cineastes won't go away hungry even if they don't have time to hit the trucks.
That's because the screening of the 71-minute film is followed by a Chicken Wing Party organized by Felix Wai of ArtsRiot. For the $10 entry fee, guests will get six wings, two each from the three participating chefs: Richard Witting of ArtsRiot Kitchen, Luke Stone of the Hindquarter and Brian Stefan of Southern Smoke. Witting will coat his wings in sauce from the Buffalo restaurant whose chicken won Reynolds' heart. The other two will prepare original recipes. But six wings is only the minimum. "We have to make sure they get eaten," says Yadin. "I already promised I'd buy 25."