'Missing Kenley' documentary kickstarter campaign successful

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An American filmmaker wants to document the life and disappearance of Acadia University student Kenley Matheson, who hasn't been seen in 21 years. - File

A filmmaker’s campaign to fund a documentary about a missing Acadia student was successful. 

Ron Lamothe’s Missing Kenley will be going into production, after raising $82,790 during a Kickstarter campaign.

Kenley Matheson, a 19-year-old Cape Breton native, went missing Sept. 20, 1992, during his first semester at Acadia University. No trace of the man has ever been found.

Lamothe’s goal was to raise $78,000 in 30 days. Two weeks in he had raised just over $6,000, but the campaign slowly and steadily gained momentum from there, thanks in no small part to the Matheson family and their extended family and friends, he said.

"Sarah and Kayrene - Kenley's mother and sister - were amazing!” Lamothe said. “They both really did a great job of getting the word out about our Kickstarter campaign."

In the final 48 hours of the fundraiser, $36,000 from 130 new backers came in, to close the campaign with a total of $82,790 from 338 backers.

"I'm very excited to get going,” Lamothe said.  We'll spend the next couple of months pulling together our production team and setting up a shooting schedule for locations and interviews, and then enter full production come spring.”

Read more about Lamothe's project here.


Organizations: Acadia University

Geographic location: Cape Breton

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