CLAW? What heck is that? Well, the initials stand for Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers, but that really isn't the answer.
What you need to know about CLAW is that it's part sport, mostly theater, and entirely hip. The idea of getting a bunch of wacky women together to arm wrestle for charity came together in Charlottesville, Virginia, several years ago. In the last couple of years, it's been spreading across the country, and the new shtick that Lady Wrestlers have been coming up with elsewhere is spectacular.
My friend, Billy Hunt, and Brian Wimer, his comrade in arms, are documenting the CLAW phenomenon in their film Claw -- Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers. Right now, they're raising money on Kickstarter to finish it, and they need your help. With a week left to go, they're still looking for a few more pledges to reach their goal of $5,000.00. At that point, funding will be secure.
I'm backing the project, and I hope you will, too.
Update, 12 June 2011: I'm delighted to say that Billy and Brian have met their fund-raising goal, and Kickstarter will release the money that's been pledged to the project!
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You can see more of Billy's CLAW photography, here. Even better, you can watch the trailer for A CLAW to Remember:The 2008 Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers Retrospective, the prize-winning book that he did about CLAW a few years ago, here.
By the way, if you're coming to Charlottesville for Look3, the Festival of the Photograph, you'll be able to check out some of Billy's CLAW photos at Cafe Cubano, right on the downtown pedestrian mall (which is where most of Look3's activities happen).
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