The Orchard has acquired all North American distribution rights to Clay Tweel and Bryan Carberry’s doc Finders Keepers (pictured), which debuted last week at Sundance.
The distributor plans both a theatrical and a digital release later this year. Produced by Ed Cunningham, Seth Gordon and Adam Gibbs, the doc focuses on a bizarre legal tug-of-war between two men over one of the men’s severed leg.
Talking with realscreen about the film prior to Sundance, co-director Carberry spoke of the difficulty in financing the doc. “It’s always going to be hard to get money for something,” he said. “Especially at the beginning, at the outset, it’s a crazy story – and I think that may have been one reason why people may have been a little hesitant.”
The acquisition was brokered by The Orchard’s director of acquisitions Danielle DiGiacomo, and by WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.
Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s senior VP of film and TV, said in a statement: “We were invested in Finders Keepers and the team behind it long before it ever premiered at Sundance.
“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.”