Festival documentary favorite “Hands on a Hardbody,” which illuminates a particularly quirky side of the American love affair with the motor vehicle, has been set for theatrical distribution by Legacy Releasing.
The docu, shot in Longview, Tex., tells the story of 24 people who take part in an annual contest of strength and determination, held, oddly enough, at a Nissan auto dealership. The two dozen contestants must stand next to a new Nissan Hardbody pickup truck, keeping one hand in contact with the vehicle at all times, except for brief breaks. The battles last for days until the last person standing with a hand on the truck wins and keeps the vehicle.
Pic, which tells the stories of the contestants through interviews conducted in the weeks leading up to event, was produced by S. Robb Bindler, Kevin Morris and Chapin Wilson. Bindler shot the docu in 1995 with high 8 video equipment. He also edited the film.
J.K. Livin’ Prods., the production company run by actor Matthew McConaughey and Gus Gustaves, will also receive a credit on the project.
The docu has picked up several awards on the festival circuit, including the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival, the Florida Film Festival, the American Film Institute Festival and others. It was also the subject of a report on National Public Radio’s popular “This American Life” program.