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A Man Among Giants (Retrospective)

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Published on Mar 21, 2009

A Man Among Giants documents the trials and tribulations of Doug 'Tiny' Tunstall, a self-described "ghetto republican" little-person who ran for Mayor of Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 2006 while living on public assistance. As a former pro-wrestler, and a member of the G.O.P. in a town with a long-sitting Democrat incumbent, Tiny has a difficult time being taken seriously. Tiny confronts the challenge head-on, and applying the teachings of his loving father, he defies his detractors, determined to turn his differences into assets. He develops a thick skin, a big mouth, and an even bigger personality.

After spending nearly two decades appearing on shows like WWE Monday Night Raw and The Jerry Springer Show , Tiny leaps into a political system where cash is king. And in this world, Tiny can't do much more than get out and shake hands with the voters. However, when a wealthy backer comes to champion his cause, things begin to take on a new life, bringing energy and opportunity, but a whole new struggle, this time within the campaign. Tiny refuses to stop being true to himself, despite mounting pressure to appeal to a wider group of voters.

Tension mounts in the wake of allegations of a bomb threat, called in by Tiny to a local radio station. By election night, Tiny has lost his backer, the polls are not in his favor and he himself is spinning out of control. The outcome of the race brings as much a surprise to Tiny as it does the electorate. A Man Among Giants is not just about politics, it's about living the American dream. It is proof positive that it's time for the little guy to be heard.

Rod Webber is a musician and filmmaker. His CDs include "Math and Emotion", "Ascent", "Telepath", "Burned My Feet On Meat Street", "Incandescent", "Folk Songs", "The You I Knew", "Goodbye", "Eastertown" and many others. Rod's recordings have charted on college radio in the United States and Canada, and he and his band have toured around the US in support of his recordings. Band members have included: Luke Bellamy, Aaron Bellamy, Matt Ferrel, Pete Philis, Jimmy Z, Dawn Littleton, Dede Webber, Joey Slliks, Andrea Michael, Shahzad Ismaily, Parker Ramsey, Keith Butters, Brian Rodman, Jamie Shapiro, Matt Tennis.

Rod can be seen in the films "Northern Comfort", "A Man Among Giants", "Milkweed" and many others. Collaborators include Joseph James Bellamy, Ali Jalet, Greta Merchant and Greta Gerwig. Other notables who have appeared in his films: Doug 'Tiny' Tunstall, Matthew D. Ferrel, Jerry Springer, Triple H from the WWE, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Dukakis and Danny Aiello.

Rod briefly worked at WFNX with Mike Swasey and Henry Santoro on The Swasey Show. Both broadcasters continue to play the part of announcers and newsmen in Rods films, including Rods latest, Milkweed.

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