Texas Focus: Hands on a Hard Body


July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Don't miss a special screening of Hands on a Hardbody, a 1997 documentary about 24 contestants who compete in an endurance contest in Longview, Texas, to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the truck wins. 

Event Details

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening of the Texas documentary Hands on a Hard Body as part of the Bullock's Texas Focus film series.

  • Film screening from 7:00 p.m.- 8:40 p.m.
Film Details

Rating: PG
Runtime: 98 minutes
Director: S.R. Bindler
Genre: Documentary

About the Film

Hands on a Hard Body is a documentary that focuses on 24 contestants who congregate at a Longview, Texas, car dealership with the same goal: winning a new, option-packed Nissan Hardbody pickup. To win, they must keep their hands on the vehicle at all times until all their competitors drop out from pain or fatigue. Watching  people standing around with their hands on a truck may be a little monotonous visually, but the compelling personalities of the contestants, and their reasons for competing, are fascinating viewing.

Hands on a Hard Body is referenced in the film, Bernie, by Houston-native Richard Linklater. Audio from this documentary is used in an episode of This American Life, a popular public radio show.

About the Filmmaker

S.R. Bindler was born on February 14, 1970 as Seth Robbins Bindler. He is a cinematographer and editor, known for Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary (1997), Surfer, Dude (2008) and Patriot Son (1997).


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