Voicemail Q&A: “Is there going to be a Forrest Fenn treasure TV show?’

The following voicemail regarding a potential “Forrest Fenn TV show” was left by viewer Davio22 on October 11, 2018. You can read our response below the audio track.


Our friend, Davio22, is referring to a story that was documented in an article written by Nellie Andreeva on October 10, 2018 and published online at deadline.com.

In summary, the article indicates that Fox Media’s Entertainment Group has granted a “put pilot” commitment to a collaborative group consisting of a number of entertainment industry notables. A put pilot is a pilot that the network has agreed to air either as a special series or one-time event. If the network does not air the pilot episode, the network will owe substantial monetary penalties to the studio. Generally, this guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network.

“Forrest’s Treasure is described as a grounded, family drama with a flair for adventure inspired by David Kushner’s upcoming book on the treasure of Forrest Fenn.  When a family from Chicago moves to a small town in Montana to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, they find meaning and purpose in the mystery of a hidden treasure.”

Kushner is a freelance writer whose article (A Deadly Hunt for Hidden Treasure Spawns an Online Mystery) on Fenn and the treasure appeared in Wired Online in late July, 2018.

Our opinion: Two things – apparently there is a book in the offing, written by Kushner, on the subject of the Fenn Treasure, and the Andreeva article makes the potential of some Fenn Treasure related programming sound promising. But, our experience is that these projects take a minimum of months to develop, and there are myriad of obstacles that will have to be overcome along the way.

We presume the project would have not progressed to this stage without Fenn’s approval.


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New to the Search?

Read this first.
Or, better yet, watch this first.

“The Lure” Available for Viewing, $12.99

Shelley interviewing director/cinematographer of “The Lure,” Tomas Leach.

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.