The project, from director Stephen Kijak (We Are X, Stones in Exile) and producer Passion Pictures (Searching for Sugar Man), will explore the music and backstory of the legendary American band. With the songs from the first six Skynyrd albums driving the narration, the film focuses on the story of frontman Ronnie Van Zant — his upbringing, his roots, his work ethic and his contradictory persona as both as a mythic Southern rock poet and notorious boozed-up brawler, as well as the relationships between his friends and fellows founding members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins, along with later bandmates Ed King and Artemus Pyle.
CMT also announced its critically praised original documentary Chicken People will premiere at 8 PM Thanksgiving eve, November 23. The film, which premiered at SXSW in March, followed by a limited theatrical release, looks at the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders. The film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their feathered muses on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered “the Westminster of Chickens.” Chicken People is produced by Motto Pictures and directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes.
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