Release date:April 15, 2005
(SF; NY release: May 6; LA release: May 13)
Starring:Alex Popov, Patrick Hayashi, Josh Keppel, Sal Durante, Ted Rowlands
Michael Wranovics' "Up for Grabs" might have been considered the next can't-miss mock-umentary, except it's all REAL. This bitingly funny picture exposes the custody fight that erupted over Barry Bonds' record-setting 73rd home run ball. From the embattled litigants who wouldn't settle, to the impassioned eyewitnesses and their contradictory accounts, to the bemused reporters who covered the bizarre case, Wranovics presents a rich cast of characters who prove that truth is funnier than fiction. With all the farcical qualities of "This is Spinal Tap" or "Best in Show," "Up for Grabs" invites us to laugh, and sometimes cringe, at the outrageous behavior of two grown men chasing down an elusive pot of gold. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival, "Up for Grabs" tells a tale of absurdity that will leave you muttering "only in America."