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Finders Keepers
October 2, 2015 - October 8, 2015
10/3/2007 -- John Wood (right) meets Shannon Whisnant (right)  in a parking lot in Maiden after  a press conference.    Wood is the amputee whose leg was found in a barbeque smoker by Shannon Whisnant.  Whisnant bought the smoker when Wood's personal belongings were sold after he missed payments on a storage facility.   Wood wants his leg back, Whisnant wants to make money with it as a tourist attraction.  JEFF WILLHELM/jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com

10/3/2007 — John Wood (right) meets Shannon Whisnant (right) in a parking lot in Maiden after a press conference.

When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy. Believing the new-found attention to be his chance at doing some great things in an otherwise disappointing, wayward life, he’s quickly swept up in the hysteria as the leg’s enterprising buyer, Shannon Whisnant, then sues to regain its custody. But the stranger-than-fiction chain of events, fueling John’s drug addiction and compounded by generations of his familial dysfunction, soon sets John on the streets and heading to his certain demise. Just in time, however, another twist in these fantastical occurrences gives John a final shot at becoming whole for the first time in his life.

Directed by Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel. 84min. 2015. DCP.