2015 has been an amazing year for documentaries even this early in the game: so many accomplished and upcoming film-makers with hard-hitting projects that tackle difficult and at times dangerous subject matter. It’s only inevitable that documentaries like The Hunting Ground and Batkid will find their way to Sundance. But that’s not the end of it, oh no. There is another incredible documentary that has found its way into the festival. Well, incredible may be an abbreviation of incredibly weird. Finders Keepers is one of the many films competing in the U.S. Documentary Competition. What sets it apart from the rest? It tells the story of a custody battle over a severed human leg. You heard me right. Before I say anything else, have a look at the trailer, fresh from Deadline. Go on, I double dare you!
You would be entirely forgiven for thinking this was fake. Even the trailer plays out a little like a mockumentary. But it’s all true. The film is directed by Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel, two men who are also famous for having the coolest names in the world…at least by my reckoning. The battle over the leg comes down to two men: Shannon Whisnant, the one who found the leg in a barbecue that he bought at an auction; and John Wood, the guy who was originally attached to it and got separated from it in a plane crash. The film will premiere on January 27th at the MARC in Park City.
If you want to find out more about the film and the battle for a long lost leg, you can check out the Finders Keepers page on…wait for it…Kickstarter.