"The Search for One-Eye Jimmy" was a street comedy originally
brought to Orenda Films by Nicholas Turturro and writer/director
Sam Henry Kass that Orenda Films decided to produce. Starting with
only $70,000 and a cast that included, Nicholas Turturro, John
Turturro, Ray Mancini, Holt McCallany, Michael Badalucco and
Lodge Kerrigan. Casting Director, Marcia Shulman, was able to
round out an excellent cast.
The shooting plan with so little money was to shoot the entire film in four
weeks all within four blocks of Red Hook, Brooklyn in order to not have to
rent trucks. Most of the funds was spent on film stock and food. The cast
and crew worked for deferred payment and good food. This delayed the
release of the film as funds had to be found to pay the deferrals prior to
release. Finally Cabin Fever Entertainment acquired the film for
theatrical release in 1996 and paid off the deferrals.