By Kenneth Jones
18 Mar 2013
The 1997 picture directed by S.R. Bindler "captures several days of lunacy, laughter, struggle, stamina and heartbreak experienced throughout an endurance competition between 24 small-town Texans for a brand new 'Hardbody' pickup truck," according to the distributor. "The 1995 competition lasted for 77 continuous hours and offers a remarkable study of competition, camaraderie, faith and determination — the ultimate human drama."
The film will also appear in a multi-city screening tour starting on March 20 at IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village).
The documentary, previously unavailable for more than 10 years, has been digitally restored and re-mastered from the original Hi8 tapes. The film has been "restored, recolored and rebuilt shot-by-shot from the original footage by the film's producers." The new DVD includes "the fully restored film, never-before-see material (master interviews) from the original film, and all new design and artwork by Dustin Stanton and J.W.Nickles."
For more about the new Neil Pepe-directed Broadway musical adaptation, written by Amanda Green (lyricists and co-composer), Trey Anastasio (co-composer) and Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (book), visit handsonahardbody.com.
Here's a screening tour schedule:
March 20 IFC Center New York City, NY**
April 2 Cine El Rey Theater McAllen, TX
April 8 Roxie Theater San Francisco, CA**
April 9 Roxie Theater San Francisco, CA**
April 12 Lan-Tex Theater Llano, TX
April 16 Santikos Bijou Cinema San Antonio, TX
April 17 Odeon Theater Mason, TX
April 20 Grand Cinema Tacoma, WA
April 21 The Angelika Film Center Dallas, TX**
April 23 Sundance Cinemas Houston, TX**
April 24 Texas A&M College Station, TX**
April 25 Baylor University Waco, TX**
April 26 Violet Crown Cinema Austin, TX**
** Director S.R. Bindler and Producer Chapin Wilson will be in attendance