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As all of humanity apocalyptically transforms into fish, two couples attempt to reconcile personal desires with moral responsibilities.
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(Watch Andrew Gilchrist and the United Broadcasting Film Company's first short film called Sea Pig here: https://vimeo.com/59628199)

The budget of Dead Water is 45-50K. We're seeking 20K in individual donations, 20K from our Benefit Party at Webster Hall on June 25th, and 10K (OR MORE???????) FROM KICKSTARTER.

Please consider giving. We wouldn't ask you if we didn't need it.

The Dead Water Team:

The Dead Water team is an extremely talented, accomplished, professional group. Amazing actors we've cast thus far include Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave and Lincoln), Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards) and Salvatore Inzerillo (Jack Goes Boating). Not to mention our director of photography, Brett Jutkiewicz, has Cannes, Sundance and SXSW films to his credit.

Co-director Jesse Allen has just finished his fourth short called The Clean Up, which is at the beginning of its festival circuit, having already been invited to the Nantucket and Provincetown film festivals.

Co-producer Atalie Kessler was most recently the post-production supervisor on the 2014 Tony Awards and was a supervising producer at Vice Media. We're really lucky to have her - Atalie is currently between big time, far larger projects than ours, but she liked the crew and script so much that she signed-on with us for little to no money.

SFX guru Omar Sfreddo is currently constructing all of the latex, prosthetics needed for the elaborate fish transformation scene. His work can be seen in such major Hollywood films as Blade 2, Spiderman 2, Zathura, Sky High, Chronicles of Riddick and The Last Samurai

And I, myself, Andrew Gilchrist, have worked with avant-garde luminaries such as Robert Wilson, Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Christopher Knowles, Matmos, Willem Dafoe, Antony Hegarty and Cheryl Ladd.

Dead Water SHORT SYNOPSIS

As all of humanity mysteriously mutates into fish-like creatures, a group of New Yorkers grapple with the disintegration of their relationships and attempt to reconcile their personal desires with their moral responsibilities before the impending apocalypse.

Dead Water uses the tropes of genre films, particularly horror and suspense, to electrify human stories. Familiar tropes appear strange; the serious betrays the ironic. The work concerns the internal conflicts of its characters, manifested externally as grotesque monsters and worldwide destruction. Dead Water reveals the beautiful, mysterious triviality of human drama in the face of an infinite universe. The world depicted in Dead Water is not a world where mystery is on the verge of extinction; it is a place home to the strange, tragic and hilarious. 

United Broadcasting Film Company's Sea Pig (2013):

My first collaboration with Jesse Allen was Sea Pig, which was an official selection of the Seattle, Chicago, Provincetown and Milwaukee international film festivals. It had its New York premiere with Rooftop Films and was the winner of Best Short at the Kansas City FilmFest and the Coney Island Film Festival.

Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/59628199

In conclusion:

We need your help. We wouldn't ask if we didn't.

Help us make this film.

The world will be a better place with Dead Water in it.

Praise for Andrew Gilchrist and the United Broadcasting Film Company's Sea Pig:

Andrew Gilchrist is a new talent that should be watched. His work and his presence on stage have a mysterious, strong physical power.

ROBERT WILSON

Every big journey starts with a first step, which is the most important because from that depends on the success of the journey itself. The film of the Andrew Gilchrist represents the first step of his journey as a filmmaker. It’s an original, fascinating, surreal material mixed with stream of consciousness.

MARINA ABRAMOVIC, ON SEA PIG

In his own work, Gilchrist fuses the lurid aesthetics and narrative manipulations of the avant-garde with relatable characters, whose dark, comedic dialogue calls to mind Tarantino’s similarly obsessive decomposing of the nuance of the mundane.

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE 

While one detects the fierce gloominess of Genet and Strindberg in his drama, there are equal parts Lynch and Fassbinder. Gilchrist’s plays delight in the bizarre, exploring that gray zone of dramatic imagination midway between comedy and horror. 

DOSSIER JOURNAL

Risks and challenges

There are more risks and challenges than we have time to describe.

But the fact of the matter is, we will make this movie. There's no failture option or postponement. It will get done.

But we still need you to make it happen.

But we have faith in you like you have faith in us.

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