All of that sublime nuttiness mentioned before served as material for the more than thirty books he wrote and edited, including Paper Lion, The Bogey Man and Out of My League. Plimpton, who died in 2003, believed writers should actually participate in what they write about and not simply serve as passive observers. A life filled with celebrity hobnobbing, unending media coverage and absurd exploits is built for film, and now that film is almost here.
Documentaries have been made about Paris Review founders before, and now Plimpton might be getting screen time in the new documentary Plimpton! by filmmakers Luke Poling and Tom Bean. (Poling has production credits with The Pink Panther 2 and 21 and worked as a staff assistant on The Departed; Bean has worked with Poling on No Good Scripts, a script coverage service that apparently offered two readings instead of the typical one.) They've launched a public funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise the $25,000 needed to finish their film. According to the filmmakers, the biggest costs are tied up in licensing footage of Plimpton from his television show, which is owned by Warner Brothers, and of a cameo he once made on The Simpsons.
Bean and Poling probably like The Simpsons about as much as this guy likes cameras.
The Kickstarter pitch: