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Central grad working on film about duo’s handcuffed travels

An Elkhart Central graduate is working on a film following two young men handcuffed together as they travel from Indiana to Ontario.

Posted on Dec. 31, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 31, 2011 at 12:11 a.m.

MUNCIE — What would it be like to be handcuffed to another person for 11 days?

Elkhart Central graduate Chloe Anagnos is finding out. She isn’t handcuffed to anyone, but this week is following two young men who are.

A telecommunications student at Ball State University, she’s producing “Me and My Shadow: The Documentary.”

The film chronicles Ball State students Andrew Neylon and Corey Rudell, who are handcuffed together in Muncie and must travel to Ontario, Canada, to retrieve the key to the cuffs.

Filming began last Monday and continues through Jan. 5.

Anagnos said that lots of TV shows and movies use people accidentally handcuffed together as a plot device. This documentary will look at what it’s actually like.

It’s entertaining to see the challenges handcuffs create for the pair, she said, but the group has also had conversations about social media and online interactions stemming from the project.

“We live in an age where it’s Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr... We were talking about how well do you really know those people,” she said.

The two young men are getting to know each other very well.

“One of the biggest issues, or at least that I’ve noticed, is getting dressed,” Anagnos said.

The crew ripped up the sides of the men’s shirts and put snaps on them, so that they can change shirts throughout the trip. Since it’s difficult to dress themselves with one hand, a crew member has to help them get dressed each day.

“And going to the bathroom is also difficult for them,” she said.

Visiting several U.S. landmarks and events, though, has brought additional challenges to the group of six students.

They were kicked out of the Smithsonian Museum of American History because of filming and for being handcuffed in the museum, Anagnos said. They’ve had similar issues at other locations.

They also aren’t entirely sure what crossing the border into Canada will be like. Several people on the street have already questioned if the boys are fugitives, Anagnos said.

“We don’t really have a plan if we don’t make it through customs,” she said, adding that they purposefully hadn’t looked into the issue much “for the surprise.”

Rather than go straight to the border, the group has been stopping at significant places along the way.

The group was in Philadelphia Thursday and Anagnos said that afternoon that the group had eaten their first Philly cheesesteaks and were planning to challenge the handcuffed men to run up and down the stairs at the east entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art featured in the movie Rocky.

Saturday night, they’re planning to be at Times Square in New York City for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Earlier this year, the same team created a smaller, similar film project entitled “Cuffed! A Documentary Short” for the Ball State University 72-Hour Film Festival, which took first prize.

People can follow the students’ journey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MeAndMyShadowFilm or on Twitter at twitter.com/mamshadowmovie.

Anagnos last year produced and directed Central’s lip dub video, which then earned a spot in a short film festival in Richmond.


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