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Just as the Sundance Film Festival was closing the book on its 2015 incarnation, the deals kept coming.
The Orchard has acquired North American rights to the documentary Finders Keepers, co-directed by Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel.
The film follows the story of recovering drug addict and amputee John Wood, who embarked on a legal battle to reclaim his leg, which was unwittingly purchased by Shannon Wisnant when it turned up in a grill he bought at a town auction. The film documents Wood’s fight to get the leg back in a courtroom drama that aired on Judge Mathis.
The Orchard plans a theatrical and digital release later this year.
“We were invested in Finders Keepers and the team behind it long before it ever premiered at Sundance,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV, in a statement. “Once we saw it, it delivered more than we could have ever imagined and makes partnering on its release a real thrill. Make no mistake, this is a hilarious movie but with a true emotional core. We can’t wait for audiences to discover it later this year.”
In a feature story on Finders Keepers, The Hollywood Reporter dubbed it “the weirdest film” to play at the festival. Ed Cunningham, Seth Gordon and Adam Gibbs produced the film.
Finders Keepers marks the third film of the festival to be snapped up by The Orchard. The upstart distributor also acquired the Taylor Schilling starrer The Overnight and Joe Swanberg‘s Digging for Fire.
The film was repped by WME Global.
3:15 pm, Feb. 2 Updated with additional information
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