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Jan Keck / Canada / 2012 / 21 ' / English


Seon Kwon Hwang
Jan Keck & Bryan Pacagnella
Dominik Engel, Seon Kwon Hwang & Jan Keck
Location Sound: Paris Zheng

Awards & Festivals

Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival, February 2013
Colorado Environmental Film Festival, February 2013
Pelicam International Environmental Film Festival, June 2013
Moab International Film Festival, Moab (Utah), September 20-22, 2013

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

Where CHICKENS are outlawed, only OUTLAWS have chickens.


In the wake of the 100-mile diet and the public’s increasing desire for local and organic food, Crackdown! tells the story of Canada’s urban chicken keepers, a smart, savvy and rapidly-growing band of mavericks who just want access to fresh eggs at home for their families …

“Pets with benefits,” if you will.

An innovative hybrid of documentary and mockumentary, Crackdown! is a short, creative video project that aims to introduce viewers to some of Toronto’s renegade urban keepers, and the fowl that they love.

Brought to you by Red Gecko Productions and comedy team Plum Thunder, the creative minds behind viral video sensation Girls Without Boys (which received an astounding 35,000 YouTube hits in just a few days in February 2012 and was featured on, BlogTO,, The Onion’s AV Club, and CityTV), Crackdown! takes a satirical look at what it means to raise chickens in your backyard – and become a criminal for doing so.

Crackdown! will explain the history of urban chicken keeping in Canada and the municipal bylaws that forced this movement underground, and blow away some of the myths associated with having feathered friends as neighbours. It also tells the fictional story of Matthew and Dale – two bylaw enforcement officers who will stop at nothing to rid their city of the supposed chicken menace.


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