As a new and upcoming producer, with a huge passion for our countries history. I decided that I wanted to produce historical documentaries.
Knowing that our nations history is written in half truths and that in most cases we only get one side of the story, I set out to find the "other side" of the stories that have yet to be heard and let these stories be the attention of my films.
Seven months ago, while doing research for another project, my ventures led me to the Appalachian mountains in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. The heart of the famous Hatfield & McCoy Feud. While spending time with the McCoy clan, I found out that, like many other historical events, there was another side to this famous story that has yet to be heard!
Having conducted extensive interviews with Barry McCoy, one of the family's leading Hatfield & McCoy Feud Historians and Feud Author, I quickly learned that I actually had yet to hear the REAL story of the McCoys!
Unbeknownst to everyone that has ever heard the famous story of one of Americas bloodiest family feuds, their side of the story has NEVER been told.
Embarrassed and outraged by the feud outcome, Randolph McCoy made a pact with the rest of the surviving McCoy clan members to never discuss the feud events to outsiders.
Unwilling to talk to reporters that descended on their community, the entire feud story that everyone knows today has been derived by the oral history of the Hatfields side of the story.
Due to the recent resurgence of this famous story that has reached millions of people, the current McCoy Patriarch along with the rest of the McCoy clan has had enough of seeing their family wrongfully portrayed and the events of the feud being falsely told.
Armed with court documents, public records, letters, journals and rare pictures that have never before been released, the McCoy clan is prepared to tell the FACTUAL side of the blood feud!
The McCoy clan, along with descendants from other key families involved, have granted me exclusive rights to tell their story for the first time, since the feud ended. Teamed up with Director/Producer Jose Cassella, this documentary is going to be a must see!
YOU have a chance to take part in this epic event that is not only going to tell a whole new side to this excitng story but RE-WRITE American history as we know it.
What We Need
In an effort to do this story the justice it deserves, this film is going to be high quality and filmed entirely in HD. Our aim is to have the film aired on HBO or History Channel. As groundbreaking as this story is going to be, this goal should not be a problem. We anticipate that the documentary will at least be 3 episodes.
For the pre-production phase of this film we are going to have the following expenses;
- Additional archival research.
- Travel to the feud areas for the purpose of identifying additional resources. (Both material and human)
- Film location scouting.
- Film location permits and fees.
- Pre-visualization and walk-thru of film locations.
- Hiring of extra production personnel needed; additional producers, location manager, script supervisor, casting director, production assistants and camera operators.
- Purchase of additional production equipment.
- Talent (re-enactors)
- Music talent (Musical score composer, musicians, music licsencing)
- Transportaion, lodging, meals, etc... for crew and talent.
- Story boarding
- Writing and scripting
- Legal consultation
Whatever your contribution, you'll receive the satisfaction of making positive media that will inspire millions of people to start the conversation of the century: "What REALLY happened during the Hatfield & McCoy feud?”
With never before released documents and supporting material, you have the chance to help the McCoy clan tell their factual side of the story for the first time in history. Your contributions will literally help re-write the entire
Hatfield & McCoy Feud!
Other Ways You Can Help
We realize that not everyone is in the position to make a financial donation but you can still be of great help by simply helping us advertise this campaign and email the link to a potential investor. Even the advertising is greatly appreciated and is a key element in getting this project funded. Thank you!
Team on This Campaign:
Jacob Cline IIIQ
Civil War Historian
Pikeville, Ky Liaison
McCoy Feud Author
Jose Zambrano Cassella
McCoy Feud Author