Filmmakers Launch Kickstarter to Push Pizza Fanatic Documentary to the Finish Line
For the past six months, Ryan Jones and Shawn Willis, founders of Notice Pictures, have been producing Scott’s Pizza Tours: A Documentary about pizza enthusiast Scott Wiener. Now that they’re nearing the end of the editing process, they’ve created a Kickstarter campaign to raise the last little bit of money to get them over the finish line.
Calling Wiener a “pizza enthusiast” is probably selling him short. The man lives and breathes pizza. His tours guide people through famous pizza shops and detail pizza’s role in New York City history. He was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest pizza box collection. He’s even spoken at a university on the molecular make-up of pizza dough. Weiner’s passion for pizza knows no bounds, and it’s what inspired Jones and Willis to make a documentary on him.
“You spend any amount of time around Scott and he is just so bright, cheerful, and passionate,” Jones told us in an exclusive interview. “There is something about being around somebody who is so fully passionate and committed to any given thing. It’s inspiring.”
The Kickstarter campaign’s goal is $35,000. The money will go toward covering final production costs, travel expenses for interviews, and festival entry fees.
Jones and Willis plan to have an initial cut of the film ready by mid-September to submit to Sundance and South by Southwest. Scott’s Pizza Tours will make its rounds through the film festival circuit before they consider finding a buyer like Netflix or HBO, added Jones.
Wiener told us that working with Notice Pictures has been a positive experience.
“These guys are great at finding a story and letting it tell itself without intruding on it,” he said. “We talk about things the same way I’d talk about them with anyone else. There’s just a camera rolling in the background.”
If you’re interested in supporting Scott’s Pizza Tours, head over to the Kickstarter page and donate.