Tomas Leach’s film, “The Lure” is now available for viewing on the company’s webiste: http://thelure.vhx.tv/
“The award winning documentary feature film about Forrest Fenn’s treasure hunt. Executive produced by Errol Morris and featuring a soundtrack by Calexico and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy… ‘Gorgeous’ – Vice… …‘A story so strange it must surely be a work of fiction’ – The London Economic”
You can also see Shelley’s interview with Tomas on our YouTube Channel: Shelley Interviews Director Tomas Leach
Some photos from the night of the screening in Santa Fe on May 18, 2017: “The Lure” Photo Album
Finally, here’s a link to the playlist of the post-screening Q&A with Fenn: The Lure Q&A with Forrest Fenn
Our Review of the Film
Shelley and I give the film a hearty “thumbs up,” as Leach navigates his way, equally adeptly, through the various wilderness areas to which he’s taken, and the strongly felt (and expressed) emotions of the searchers. He seems to have found a healthy balance between the two.
Fenn’s voice is a constant background element, but, we didn’t hear anything we hadn’t heard before. The interaction between Fenn and David Rice (Desertphile), filmed at Fenn’s home in Santa Fe, is “cute,” mostly due to Mr. Rice’s personality. I saw/heard nothing that I thought would be helpful to us in our search.
Tomas used some audio and video clips from my “Fenn at Moby Dickens” video, with permission. We spoke back in 2015, so that gives you an indication of how long he’s been working on the film.
The searchers Leach documented are committed, at least, with no indication of how they get to where they are for the filming of the various vignettes. No references to WWWH, HOB, the blaze, etc. The majority of it was filmed in New Mexico, so don’t expect any new insights to other locations.
Leach’s cinematography was subtle and thoughtful, and the audio was enviable, as it was as good, if not better, as I have heard on any film of this genre (and budget). The film was well edited with only a couple of scenes that could have used a little extra cutting but moves along smoothly, and at a consistent pace. In all, it was a very engaging story, well told, in a technically astute manner. Our compliments to Mr. Leach. The aerial shots were very good, and well placed. Tomas told me he used both a drone and a para-glider for the shots.
In conclusion, should you get the opportunity, see the film. I’m a big fan of helping independent filmmakers make more quality film, and I believe Tomas should be compensated for his effort.