Shannon Whisnant has a nose for a bargain. But when he bought a used grill at a North Carolina auction, the severed human foot he found among its ashes was not part of the deal. Soon the gruesome discovery becomes the toast of the infotainment world, and the new owner spies a golden opportunity to cash in on the media frenzy, until struggling addict and amputee John Wood recognizes his missing member and demands his own foot back.
“What could easily be a silly saga or a simple indictment of the culture of fame becomes something diabolically more insightful and uplifting.” – Brian Moylan, The Guardian
Bizarre twists of fate with perfectly twisted characters take center stage in a courtroom battle with television’s Judge Mathis, exploding this classic small-town feud to epic proportions as their 15 minutes of fame turn their lives upside-down and they find themselves basking under the heat lamps of the international talk-show circuit. This astonishing, stranger-than-fiction tale defies definition as it uniquely traverses the quirks of a small town in the midst of a media phenomenon, while it examines manifold human paradoxes such as greed, ego, familial dysfunction, and that most elusive of all human conditions, redemption. (Dir. by Brian Carberry and J. Clay Tweel, 2015, USA, 82 mins., Rated R) Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival