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Crazy legs conti: Zen and the art of competitive eating

USA, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Zero to Hero: Survival of the Fittest)

Director: Danielle Franco, Chris Kenneally

Think you've got what it takes to loom large on the international competitive eating circuit' Like Crazy Legs Conti - a legend in his own lunchbox - you'll have to slurp down 34 dozen oysters at Mardi Gras in New Orleans to even qualify! This five-course, set-menu documentary follows the rise of a champion. From the trials of scarfing blocks of butter in Boston and munching meatballs in Minnesota, Crazy Legs chews his way to the top: the 4th of July hotdog eating competition at Coney Island. Get an insider's glimpse of the gravy-soaked world of the International Federation of Competitive Eaters as Crazy Legs makes the move from window-washer and bodily-fluid seller to professional eater. Crazy Legs is the little guy, the battler in all of us. He's a man who cannot stop at 40 boiled eggs and whose idea of triumph is to accept a trophy with ketchup dripping from his chin. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. "Mysteriously healthy and always good-humored, Crazy Legs himself seems oblivious to the more grotesque aspects of his art; it's also less than appetising to picture him making ends meet, as he does, by donating sperm." - Village Voice
DP Danielle Franco, Chris Kenneally WS Gotham Sales TD video/col/ 2004/75mins Danielle Franco was born in Massachusetts, USA, in 1977. Chris Kenneally was born in Connecticut, USA, in 1970. [Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating] (MIFF 05) is their first feature documentary.

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