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Thorni KnoxBy Thorni Knox
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Thorni KnoxBy Thorni Knox
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Warren Chaney's career spans fifty years of film, television, literature, and medical science. As a recognized author, respected health expert, lauded actor, prolific screenwriter and talented director, Chaney is a true pioneer of cinema and medicine...

If he exists.

A scattering of disputed photographs, film stills, television clips and out-of-print books are all that remain of Warren Chaney's body of work. An IMBD profile apparently legitimizes his film career, until you attempt to trace his largely erased filmography. You can buy Chaney's medical and self-help texts secondhand...yet publishers claim no record of Chaney or his work. This tantalizing clutch of information may comprise the woefully scant record an unjustly forgotten artist. It may indicate a breathtakingly complicated and utterly mysterious hoax spanning years, or the only clues pointing to a conspiracy. 

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Warren Chaney is a near-mythic figure among film enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists alike. Chaney's identity has almost certainly been highjacked by hoaxers. Locating, tracing, and verifying information will require extensive time and effort. Additionally, the documentary requires travel to interview subjects, obtain documentation, trace sources, and obtain copies of Chaney's literary and filmic work.

The budget will cover appropriate travel, equipment, crew, and production expenses, as well as funding for all rewards.

An eight-month window should allow sufficient time to address all questions and inconsistencies, and obtain the proof we're seeking. However, depending on several factors, this project could end up delayed. After funding, potential issues include suitability, reliability, and availability of interview subjects - not least Warren Chaney himself. At this time, the most pressing potential obstacle is time. This project requires a great deal of research and independent verification. We'll be combing through national archives, interviewing film historians, locating colleagues and business partners, and in short finding, verifying, and documenting a mountain of information.

The hoax potential and numerous conspiracy theories surrounding Warren Chaney require thorough investigation and debunking, which in itself relies on cooperative sources. Locating these sources may take time, hence the generous 9-month production window.

This is a fully independent investigative documentary, and requires no approval, review, or input from an outside agency or individual.

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