Film – Fenn’s Searchers

My name is Matt Maisano, and I’m a documentarian from North Carolina.  The film I’m working on is called Fenn’s Searchers. The film will be about the treasure hunt in general, as well as the stories of several searchers involved in this great adventure story.

This is a film made primarily by one person.  My wife was my only crew, and she has no background in film, but made a great helper :).  Like a lot of people on here, I’ve been a fan of the chase since it was featured on the today show a few years ago.  These last few years it’s been my dream film to make, and I always thought it was out of reach to do.  Financially, logistically, etc.  How could I rent the gear, fly across the country, get a rental car, lodging, etc?  I then got inspired by what I was reading about Forrest and the stories of the searchers, many with the same challenges I faced as a filmmaker.  At that point something clicked in my head, and I decided it was time to stop talking about it, and just take the risk and do it.

Well here we are about 7 months since this project officially began.   It has been a great experience so far, something I’ll never forget.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a part of the country I’ve never been to, New Mexico and Colorado, as well as meeting a bunch of new, interesting, and just plain good people.  I want to specifically mention four searchers that I spent the most time with and were the most instrumental in the film being made at all.  They’ve been particularly great to both film with, and get to know beyond the film.  Those are Sacha J., James G., David Rice, and Cynthia Meachum.  There are several other searchers I enjoyed meeting as well.

Thanks for your time, and for letting me be a part of this community.Here is a link to the trailer for the film, both on Facebook and Vimeo.  Please check back on our Facebook page, as I will be posting updates and more info soon.


35 thoughts on “Film – Fenn’s Searchers

  1. You have me wanting more Matt–just what a good trailer should do! I like the music and editing….More please!

  2. How do we know someone hasn’t already found the treasure and just hasn’t said anything because of taxes? With the government taking about 50% that could be enough to keep someone from telling anybody.

  3. Wonderful trailer! 0.48 has a special place in my solve! It is a good place to begin! Happy hunting everyone and enjoy the last of summer!

  4. This looks awesome, Matt. It makes treasure hunting look like everything that it is. Long Live Forrest Fenn! (lighting candles at The Shrine O’Fenn)

  5. Matt, thanks so much for sharing! I am very impressed! Definately got the ants in my pants riled up! Bravo!!!

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