By Michael Schilf · May 20, 2013
Filmmakers to Enlist Help of Kickstarter for Final Stages of Funding for Feature Doc
Producer of the Academy Award winning documentary Undefeated and cult classic The King of Kong: A fistful of Quarters, Ed Cunningham has announced production on a feature length documentary, Finders Keepers. Cunningham, who also announces College Football for ESPN, will produce through his World Record Headquarters shingle and has put together a team including director Bryan Carberry, and independent producer Adam Gibbs.
With over 50-hours of footage already shot, the filmmakers have enlisted the help of Kickstarter to help fund the final stages of physical production, as well as post production. The 30-day Kickstarter campaign gets under way today with an initial goal of raising $80,000.
Finders Keepers is a behind-the-scenes look at one of nation’s most riveting news stories about a severed human foot that is found in a grill bought at a 2007 auction in rural North Carolina. The documentary pulls back the curtain on the people at the center of the widely publicized and outrageous custody battle that ensued between the amputee and the grill’s purchaser over ownership of the leg.
Cunningham said, “From the moment I first heard the story, it reminded me immediately of ‘The King of Kong,’ as it was two very different men colliding in these very bizarre circumstances, and we were lucky enough to candidly document them as their sometimes difficult lives became intertwined. But the idea of being able to finish this as a feature length documentary had died until Bryan Carberry, the director, called and asked if we could try to finish it. With Adam Gibbs on to help produce the final production and post-production, kickstarter.com has given us a way to finish a film that likely would have not been made.”
Cunningham first heard about this story while on assignment for ESPN in Norman, and has a knack for finding ‘off the beaten path’ storylines. He and Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong) discovered the story which led to the production and 2007 release of The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters, which was sold to New Line Cinema. Other feature documentary credits include New York Doll, who he also produced with Gordon and Make Believe, which followed six of the world’s best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champ.
Carberry has previously worked with Cunningham on Make Believe and has directed videos for Scott Weiland and Adriano Goldschmied. This will be Carberry’s first feature film. Producer Adam Gibbs recently finished production on the feature film Lucky Them starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, and previously produced the feature film Live at the Foxes Den with Jackson Rathbone and Elliott Gould.