Actors Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci have turned to fans to help them fund a new documentary project.

The longtime friends are serving as executive producers on the project, which documents the controversial Love Canal neighbourhood in Niagara Falls, New York.

In the 1970s, officials discovered that the local elementary school had been built on top of 22,000 tons of toxic chemicals, resulting in a series of deaths. The area was declared habitable in the early 1990s and the film follows the stories of residents who lived there both in the past and present.

Buscemi and Tucci, along with Wren Arthur's Olive Productions and Reno Productions, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com, hoping to raise at least $50,000 (£31,250) to complete editing and other post-production work.

They have raised $21,000 (£13,125) so far, and the campaign ends on 11 November (14).

A statement on the website urges supporters to encourage others to contribute to the fund, in the hope of raising awareness about the long-lasting effects on the area and neighbourhoods around the world.

It reads: "Whether your friends and family can contribute or not, it's good for people to be aware of what is happening to us all. The people in places like Love Canal are at particular risk but we are all being exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis. It's time to take them out of products and waste streams and to properly manage the hazards we have already created."