“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.

The Events of May 18 and November 2.

In our YouTube channel live stream this coming week we are going to opine on the events of May 18, 2017 and November 2, 2017 and how they have affected Fenn. The presentation will be followed by Q&A from the live chat, in which we will express more opinions.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 1pm MT

If you care to join the conversation, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/agypsyskiss. If you don’t care to subscribe you can go to https://www.youtube.com/c/agypsyskiss/live

If you miss it, the live stream will be posted to our YouTube channel within a few hours after the live stream.

There is no charge for either.

The End Has Drawn Nigh.

The following are my opinions.

I have, on more than one occasion, said and written that the event on May 18, 2017 caused a change in Fenn. He was already tired of the “activity” around the effort to find the treasure he hid. May 18, to me, was the straw that broke the burro’s back. Soon after that, Fenn made a conscious decision to put distance between him and the search. Effectively, he went quiet, to the extent that it became a topic of conversation in the community.

There was, of course, a production effort to get the new book out, but most of the work was performed by Jessica, Susan and Lou – with a little help from Preston. The book, perhaps providing the opportunity for Fenn to pay down some karmic debt. Not that he has much, mind you.

But, if there was any doubt about Fenn circling the proverbial wagons closer to him, the book signing at Collected Works in Santa Fe on November 2, 2017 should put those doubts to rest. Call it his swan song.

(We streamed it. You can see it here.)

Here’s what I observed: a man who has made another conscious decision to spend whatever remains of his life not worrying about whether his treasure he hid is found or not. He’s done. We will cover the topic more in our next week’s live stream on YouTube. Subscribe here.

He will, I believe, go quietly, bravely, confidently, securely, proudly, happily, and with a great sense of satisfaction, into the night.

And, I believe he’s entitled to every bit of it.

Godspeed, Forrest Fenn. Thank you.

Announcing A Gypsy’s Kiss: The Podcast!

podcast-headphonesI do everything in my power to add a post to this blog at least twice a week, usually on Mondays and Thursdays, unless I’m traveling, as is the case this week.

But, I’m taking a few minutes away from the holiday festivities here on the East Coast to announce the latest addition to this blog: a weekly podcast containing an interview with one of the active hunters in the community of Fenn Hidden Teasure searchers.

I’m very interested in learning more about who everyone is without the filter of anonymity. The conversation will be about the person, and not their search solutions or strategies. Although, we’ll finish every interview with the following two questions:

  1. How do you think Fenn will know if the treasure has been discovered, and
  2. In which State do you think Fenn hid the treasure, and why?

I plan to post the first interview with a surprise guest on Monday, January 6, 2014, and then every Monday thereafter with a new guest every week.

If you think you have an interesting story to share with the rest of the search community, please click on the “Podcast Form” link at the top of the page, fill it out completely, and submit it. I’ll schedule them in the order in which your response appears in my mailbox.

In my response, you’ll receive a tentative date for the interview confernce call, the log in for the converence call, and the set of questions I’ll be using to conduct the interview. The first three interviews of the year are already booked with special guests, so yours will be scheduled sometime after that.