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Project of the Day: A Battle Over an Amputated Leg from the Producer of 'King of Kong' and 'Undefeated'

By Indiewire | Indiewire May 21, 2013 at 10:55AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Finders Keepers" Tweetable Logline:
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Finders Keepers

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Finders Keepers"

Tweetable Logline:

Man finds leg in grill. Amputee wants leg back. Man sues amputee for leg. Things get ugly, go viral, are documented in "Finders Keepers."


Elevator Pitch:

"Finders Keepers" follows recovering addict and amputee JOHN WOOD in his stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur SHANNON WHISNANT, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction.

Production Team:

Director BRYAN CARBERRY learned the finer points of documentary filmmaking with Ed Cunningham and the rest of the 'King of Kong' team on their film 'Make Believe,' Bryan's first project after graduating from USC's film program. The other points he picked up working in all stages of production on feature films and television shows, and while directing videos for Scott Weiland and Adriano Goldschmied.

Executive Producer Ed Cunningham produced 'Undefeated,' the 2011 Academy Award winner for best feature documentary, 'New York Doll,' which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 'The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,' Sports Illustrated’s 2007 sports movie of the year, and 'Make Believe,' winner of best doc at the 2010 LA Film Festival. Along with producing, Ed has served as college football commentator for the past 16 seasons, first at CBS and now with ESPN/ABC.

Producer ADAM GIBBS recently finished production on the feature film "Lucky Them" starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, and previously produced the feature film Live at the Foxes Den with Jackson Rathbone and Elliott Gould.

About the Production:

"This story is the most complex and ridiculous story I've ever heard, and it reminded me very much of what became "The King of Kong" right from the start. Two very different people, with incredibly similar motives and dreams, collided in a fascinating and bizarre way, and we were fortunate enough to be able to candidly document their paths as they were becoming forever altered by and interconnected with each other.

However, we had mothballed the project several months ago, but, because of Kickstarter and some renewed activity in the story, we now have the chance to see this through." -- Bryan Carberry

Current Status:

Final, short production and post-production to get us to festival submission cut of film

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This article is related to: Filmmaker Toolkit, Project of the Day





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