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Hands On A Hardbody
Promoted by Texas Independent Film Network, San Antonio Film Festival and Cinesnob
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In S.R. Bindler’s 1997 cult classic, Hands On a Hardbody, two dozen small-town Texans compete for a brand-new “Hardbody” pickup truck at a local car dealership. The event is a contest of endurance and sleep-deprivation—whoever can remain standing the longest with one hand on the truck will get to drive it home. Capturing several days of lunacy, laughter, struggle and heartbreak, Hands On a Hardbody is more than a documentary about winning a truck. It is a remarkable study of competition, camaraderie, faith and determination—the ultimate human drama.
- Screening of Hands On A Hardbody
“Made on the most modest of means, “Hands on a Hardbody” is a classic piece of Americana, a down-home documentary that not only produces gales of laughter but also manages, by the end, to come together as a highly unlikely metaphor for the rigors of human existence.” - Variety
“Gripping and cathartic, the culminating face-off packs a punch most big-budget blowouts would be hard-pressed to match.” - Village Voice
“Yet a nigh-miraculous blend of high spirits, poignancy, gentle satire, and unpretentious insight into the nature of human aspiration make this one of the most impressive films you’re likely to see this year.” - Austin Chronicle
“In S. R. Bindler’s wonderfully observant, surprisingly fascinating documentary…” - NY Times
“Bindler has done something very simple and very hard: He has listened to the reasons the contestants say they want that truck – need that truck – and accepts every reason as valid.” - Houston Chronicle
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