WME Signs 'Finders Keepers,' ‘Gleason’ Director Clay Tweel (Exclusive)
Tweel's latest documentary, about former NFL player Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS, will screen at SXSW this month.
WME has signed Gleason director Clay Tweel, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
The documentary, about former NFL defensive back Steve Gleason’s ongoing battle with ALS, was executive produced by IMG as the WME-acquired agency’s first foray into original content. It premiered at Sundance in January and will screen at SXSW this month as part of the Festival Favorites category, and Amazon and Open Road are partnering to handle the theatrical release.
Tweel, who previously was with UTA, was a crew member on The King of Kong, Seth Gordon’s popular 2007 documentary about Donkey Kong aficionados. Gordon has subsequently produced or executive produced each of Tweel’s four directorial features, starting with Make Believe, his 2010 debut about teenage magicians that won the best documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
With Luis Lopez, Tweel next co-directed the 3D-printing documentary Print the Legend, which won special jury recognition for editing and storytelling at SXSW in 2014 before being picked up by Netflix. Tweel’s third documentary, Finders Keepers, premiered and sold to The Orchard at Sundance last year and became a favorite because of its odd subject matter: a fight over an amputated leg between the man it once was attached to and the man who bought it at auction.
Tweel continues to be managed by Benderspink.