[Boston Underground Film Festival] Short Films: Chickens (2017) - Reviewed

Chickens is screening with My Name is Myeisha

One of this year’s short film submissions for the Boston Underground Film Festival, Chickens is a statement on the current environment of police violence against members of the black community. Directed by Bryian Keith Montgomery, Jr., the film is about two racist police officers that attempt to cover up the murder of an unarmed black teen. Taking place primarily on one room, this short film relies almost entirely on its dialogue, as the audience is dumped straight into the middle of the ongoing crisis. Although lacking a little polish on some of the technical aspects of the film, Chickens has its finger on the pulse of the general emotions surrounding this topic. This is because of the film’s frequent use of centered close ups, forcing the audience to be confronted with the humanity of it’s characters. As the pace quickens and the film comes to a head, Chickens' unsettling film editing makes for an ending you don’t want to miss. 

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-Dawn Stronski

Chickens was written and directed by Bryian Keith Montgomery, Jr., and stars Chris Sackey, Brian Ramian, Amelia Hensley, Jarrell Pyro Johnson, Porchia, Yamil Osuna, Jai'Lyn Spivey, Lamont Miller, Dan Pickens, Damon T. Davis, John Shenoda, and William J. Beaumont. Check out the synopsis and short film below.

"Two cops try to cover up killing an unarmed black teen. Things don’t go as planned."