The filmmakers first learned of tire machèt through the work of The Haitian Machete Fencing Project, which facilitates annual training programs with master fencer Professor Alfred Avril.
In May 2014, the filmmakers launched a Kickstarter campaign in part to finish the short film, but also in support of HMFP's effort to build a new home and training space for Professor Avril, as his former home was damaged in the earthquake of 2010.
The effort to preserve Avril’s home and practice generated tremendous press, garnering stories from the Associated Press and Gawker.
The campaign was successfully funded in June 2014, with 75% of the funds raised after taxes, fees, and rewards costs being allocated to the new home. In September 2014, HMFP completed construction on the new house. The filmmakers are currently working on developing a feature length film on tire machèt and its place in Haiti's revolutionary history.