McHaggee and her husband, Chris, owners of the Claremont House Bed and Breakfast on Second Avenue, are sponsoring a Saturday screening of the film in the upstairs event space of the Rome Area History Museum, 305 Broad St.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. showings are $7 per person or $5 for senior citizens and students, and a 4 p.m. screening is $5 per person.
The money raised will go toward the rental of the event space and the cost of exhibiting the movie. Any remaining proceeds will go toward promoting backyard chickens, according to Holly McHaggee.
Released in 2009, the film is an independent documentary that focuses on the issue of residents keeping chickens in their backyards in Madison, Wis., including the history and the misconceptions of raising urban poultry.
McHaggee said the film is relevant locally, with the Rome City Commission currently wrestling with the issue of allowing chickens inside the city limits.
“We hope that this film will illustrate some of the issues our city has been discussing,” the couple said in a joint press release. “Furthermore, we hope that this film brings people together for a fun evening of entertainment and camaraderie.”
A supporter of small families owning livestock, McHaggee said she usually gets eggs from Morning Glory Farm in Cedartown and is concerned with the state of some of the breeds of chicken that need space to thrive.
“That’s part of the reason I feel so strongly about this,” she said. “There are some of the American Heritage breeds that are in trouble of becoming extinct.”
“Mad City Chickens” is a serious but whimsical look at people who keep urban chickens in their backyard.
The documentary was directed by Tashai Lovington and Robert Lughai.
“I would really love to see the people who are against this to come and see the movie,” McHaggee said. “It puts a face with those that keep chickens and why they do it.”
She said they have invited members of the Rome City Commission and the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission to the screenings and hope it helps draws attention to the debate.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance. For more information, call the Claremont House at 706-291-0900.