A Brief History of the Buffalo Wing

A Brief History of the Buffalo Wing: A mistaken delivery leads to the birth of an American food.

Directed by Matt Reynolds

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  • P. K. Cruncher

    This is about someone exploring a personal passion — chicken wings — in a way that also gives an insight into the national psyche, via a picaresque trip through American food subculture. Idiosyncratic but interesting.

  • ivana

    i love it!its such great film!

  • kathy

    I’m trying to vote for this video–it’s really interesting and so much real Americana. Bravo.

  • Kristin

    Great job, Matt! This is fantastic! Can’t wait to see the whole thing…

  • elise bialylew

    What a fabulously querky film!

  • Jenn

    The Bellissimo’s are so cute! I love their storytelling – so distinctly American History… and this is a great clarifying story that always gets confused in the retelling!

  • Gary V

    Been to the Anchor Bar many times…a great short film shares the history to perfection!

  • Liz

    Years of effort and hard work have paid off.. Good luck Matt!

  • maya

    All the best with your film! :-)

  • Jirka

    Film is very interesting

  • John L Perry

    A Brief History of the Buffalo Wing by Matt Reynolds is creatively captured in this brief excerpt.It is apparently unified by means of an inherently ingenious “trope”- an ironic metaphor- which involves a dramatic change from what the viewer might expect:A quintessentially American and famous delicacy originates from a lowly and formerly worthless part of a bird who cannot fly- the “wing” of a chicken!I think that Matt has raised a peculiar passion for an eccentric food to the level of fine (dramatic) art. Bravo!

    I’ll be looking to see whether this “trope” becomes a well-wrought “controlling image”- a unifying symbol- for the entire documentary!

    P.S.The two competing “shorts” do not even belong on the same platform with this obvious winner- I give it 4.5 stars, and if the “old gent’s” foul and unnecessary expletive had been appropriately deleted, I would give it 5 stars!!!!!!!

    John L Perry

  • merrs

    It was great participating in the making of your film while you were here in Geneva, NY. Best of luck to Matt & the crew!

  • Mom

    I love it! I love you, and am a very proud mama.

  • Patti Perry-Dresch

    What a great film. So many people love eating chicken wings and most know that they originated in Buffalo, NY. Now we don’t only know the name of the first wing restaurant ( the Anchor Bar ) but the interesting story behind their creation. A very well made film.Bravo Matt.

  • Todd

    You the man Matt!

  • D. Brady

    Awsome job matt! I saw matt in high school take down 50 or 54 hot wings at danny boy’s before he ever took a swig of water. The man loves his wings!

  • Dad

    Matt, I am so happy for you. I am proud of your work. The chicken wing movie is going to be great.

  • Marty

    Great film. So that’s where the name came from

  • Kahty P

    Great camera work….very impressive.
    Best of luck!

  • Frank Vasek

    Very interesting, enjoyable and skillfully done!

  • Noel

    Awesome!! I didn’t know what the “Buffalo” in Buffalo Wings was!

  • Fred

    My son at age 9 wrote his first essay on this wonderful receipe! He loved them then and at age 20 he still loves them! Frank and Theresa THANK YOU! Love this video! Love those wings!

  • Jack McCranels

    Fantastic! I really enjoyed this clip.
    This one deserves to win and certainly gets my vote.

  • reji

    the wing cought my eye

  • Claudette

    Congratulations! We’ll pass along the great news.

  • linda

    the show was very creatived and I liked it.

  • Frank

    Buffalo wings are quintessentially American, indeed. Consider the bronze plaque at the Statue of Liberty:
    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  • Brittany

    Matt – I loved it! Especially ur little cameo… Congratulations! I know it was a long time coming!

  • Judy

    I loved watching the history of Buffalo Wings! Just learning that the first Buffalo Wings were deep fried FIRST gave me insight to how to make them the best. Most people skip this step and they can’t compare to the “real” thing. Thank you Matt for showing the WHOLE story with foul language and all!

  • Maria Pisani

    Only was open the peanut butter reel 3 I have not been able to open others for the last month plus. What is going on?

  • Michael Manese

    The first time I had chicken wings was when I visited my friend in college at Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ in the fall of 1988. The place was called Cluck U Chicken and it was all the rage.

  • terivic

    I’ve always wondered why spicy chicken wings were called Buffalo Wings. The first time I ran across the name was in Dallas about thirty years ago. I had heard of buffalo chips… but buffalo wings, no. What part of the animal could it be? and on a menu, no less. Out of curiosity I ordered them and discovered it was really only chicken, not buffalo. But now, a generation later, the mystery is resolved. Thank You PBS.

  • rick elias

    An excellent food of historical documentation, very funny dialogue! I love chicken wing’s my self, but know that the economy is so messed up, even chicken wings are a luxury when you are unemployed.

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