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A movie about drinking and dancing. Laughter and secrets. Sex, drugs, mischief and regret. A movie about friendship. Read more

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A movie about drinking and dancing. Laughter and secrets. Sex, drugs, mischief and regret. A movie about friendship.

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THE STORY SO FAR: 

BESIDE STILL WATERS is a love letter to the place I grew up and the people I grew up with. Everyone has that home that was central to their youth - where we sipped our first drink or stole our first kiss, where we shared secrets and mischief, laughter and love. For my friends and I, this place was my family's lakehouse in Georgia.

In 2011 my family moved away, so we sold the lakehouse. I had to say goodbye to a pivotal chapter of my youth. My writing partner (Mo Narang) and I began to explore the themes of loss and nostalgia, of letting go and holding on. BESIDE STILL WATERS was born. 

Over the next two years, we successfully funded, cast, shot, and edited the film. It was the most challenging experience of my life, and also the most rewarding. Throughout the process I collaborated with some amazing people, particularly our cast (who brought the story to life in a way I could never have anticipated), and our producers Jason Potash and Paul Finkel of Storyboard Entertainment (without whom we would not be where we are). We played at the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival, where we won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Award, and received our first distribution offer. 

The entire BSW team and I have poured our hearts and souls into this project, and we've gotten it so close to the finish line. During our initial fundraising tour, we traveled to New York, Georgia, Michigan, Texas, California and everywhere in between, pitching this film in living rooms, raising the money in a true independent fashion. Until the incredible success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign, none of us ever dreamed of such an energetic, devoted group of supporters, capable of bringing a story like this to life. That’s the support we need now. Help us take these last few steps.

In order to actually get this film distributed (in theaters, on DVD, iTunes, OnDemand, Amazon, etc.), we need to pay what are called "deliverables." These are basically the finishing costs of the film (insurance, cleaning dust & scratches, music rights, closed captioning - it all adds up). If we meet our goal, we'll be able to cover these costs and share our film with you.

Please support this project in any way you can, and spread the word - it would mean the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely,
Chris Lowell

REWARD DETAILS:

Annotated Script with stories and anecdotes from writers Chris & Mo:

Custom T-Shirts:

"What's A Whiskey Slap?" T-Shirt
"What's A Whiskey Slap?" T-Shirt
"Beside Still Waters" T-Shirt (featuring custom artwork by Chaney Trotter)
"Beside Still Waters" T-Shirt (featuring custom artwork by Chaney Trotter)

Original Artwork by Carla Weeks featured throughout the film: 

Original water-color prints of the Petoskey lake house by Carla Weeks.
Original water-color prints of the Petoskey lake house by Carla Weeks.
A Carla Weeks print of the lake house dock
A Carla Weeks print of the lake house dock

OUR CAST:

RYAN EGGOLD plays Daniel.  He graduated from the USC's esteemed theatre department, then immediately landed recurring roles on CBS's Young and the Restless, HBO's Entourage, Cartoon Network's Out of Jimmy's Head, ABC's Brothers & Sisters and The CW's Veronica Mars, before obtaining his first series regular gig on the FX's Dirt. He broke out on the hit CW series 90210. He can currently be seen on television in The Blacklist for NBC. In addition to his work in television, Ryan has a slate of films set for release. Lucky Them will see Ryan working opposite Toni Collette and Oliver Platt and will also feature some of his original music. He has also completed work on Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club. When he isn't acting, Ryan is writing music, playing guitar, piano and singing in his band.

BECK BENNETT plays Tom.  He is a founding member of the Good Neighbor sketch group. He's been a regular writer/performer at UCB for the past 5 years and has done several recurring spots on Nick Swardson's Comedy Central show. He's coming off of wrapping a Comedy Central pilot presentation with Good Neighbor and doing a guest spot on Arrested Development.  In 2013, Beck joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

WILL BRILL plays Martin.  He made his L.A. theater debut at the Mark Taper Forum this Spring in Nina Raine's Tribes directed by David Cromer. Off-Broadway and other N.Y. theatre credits include Tribes at the Barrow Street Theatre (for which Brill was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award), David Cromer's Our Town (Barrow Street), You May Be Splendid Now (Shelby Co.), Ephemerama (Shelby Co. at the Magnet Theatre) and Restoration Comedy (Exit, Pursued by a Bear).  He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he received the John Arthur Kennedy Award.  

BRETT DALTON plays James.  He can currently be seen on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (written and directed by Joss Whedon). Other television credits include Blue Bloods, Army Wives and Nurses (pilot for Fox). Most recently, Brett was seen in National Geographic Channel's Killing Lincoln, a Tony and Ridley Scott Production. Theater credits include Passion Play, Romeo and Juliet, and Happy Now? (Yale Repertory); Sweet Bird of Youth and Demon Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Macbeth (Macbeth) and You Can't Take It With You (Chautauqua Theater Company). Brett Dalton received a BA in Art from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama. 

ERIN DARKE plays Abby.  She is originally from Michigan, but now happily calls New York home. Her film credits include Young Adult, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Kill Your Darlings (Sundance Competition selection 2013), Animal Rescue, Draft Day and The Quitter. Her TV credits include Girls, Pan Am, Zero Hour and Mercy. She has also done many plays and improvisation shows across New York. 

JESSY HODGES plays Charley.  Hailing from the suburbs of Detroit, Jessy spent her summers in northern Michigan attending the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp where she began her training in musical theatre. After graduating with a BFA from the experimental theatre wing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Jessy began her career in downtown and off Broadway theatre in New York City. Credits include The Metal Children at the Vineyard Theatre (written and directed by Adam Rapp, starring Billy Crudup), The Great Recession at the Flea Theatre, and Misery and Good Fortune at Here Arts Center. Past film includes The Sound and the Shadow, Satan's Playground, and most recently, the sci-fi short Stepping Up For Mankind. Jessy can currently be seen on Fox's Enlisted.  Past TV credits include HBO's True BloodGreek and Grey's Anatomy. Online Jessy can be seen as Sophie in the multi-award-winning web-series Anyone But Me, in the web-series Next Time On Lonny (Red Hour productions), and in numerous sketches with popular comedy group BriTANick.

BRITT LOWER plays Olivia.  She is an actress, writer, and improviser who was most recently seen as the recurring character, 'Tanya Sitkowsky' on the CBS series Unforgettable. In addition to Beside Still Waters, she shot lead roles in the indie films Mutual Friends and The Shells (with Carolyn McCormick), a supporting role opposite Oscar Isaac in the indie comedy Revenge for Jolly! and The Letter (with Winona Ryder). Other TV credits include the recurring role of Meg in the Gary Sanchez series for Comedy Central opposite Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell and guest spots on A Gifted Man, Next Caller, and Law and Order: SVU. She has starred in several short films including The Worst with Dean Winters, Benny to Benny (Official Selection Miami, Northside and Sacremento Film Festivals) and One Trick Deiter with Olek Krupa. While earning her BFA in Theater from Northwestern University, she trained in improv at iO (Chicago) and won the 2008 College Comedy Championship with her college improv team, Titanic Players. She continues to study and perform improv in New York City at the Magnet, The PIT, and UCB with her all-female improv team, Funkle Todd and is a writer/creator/actor for the web series, Window Dressing (featuring Karen Black). Theatre credits include NY down-town premiere's of Hatching, Thin Air, The Dome, Buddy Holly at the Armory and A Different Kind of Animal (Thomas Higgins). 

REID SCOTT plays Henry.  He played a hunky oncologist to Academy Award nominee Laura Linney on the Golden Globe-winning Showtime series The Big C into the coveted role as a D.C. legend opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO's Emmy-nominated comedy series Veep. He previously starred in four seasons of the first original comedy for TBS, My Boys. He simultaneously juggled a multi-episode arc on ABC Family Channel's hit drama Secret Life of an American Teenager. Scott relocated to L.A. upon booking the lead in the FOX pilot With You in Spirit in which he played a character loosely based on the show's creator Steve Levitan. He ultimately went on to star on the ABC comedy It's All Relative, from the producers of the Academy Award-winning Chicago. A recurring role on NBC's acclaimed drama American Dreams followed, along with the telefilm Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman with Christine Lahti. He also voices a lead role in Disney XD's animated Motorcity series.  He also appeared on the big screen in the New Line thriller Amusement, the comedy feature Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas which co-starred the likes of Patrick Fugit, Cheryl Hines, and Olivia Wilde; and more recently completed Caprice Crane's short, Passing the Time, based upon her best-selling novel, Forget About It, as well as the indie drama Missing William, and the romantic comedy Losing Control

Risks and challenges

One of the best things about our project is that most of the major risks are in the rearview mirror because WE'VE ALREADY MADE THIS MOVIE!!! It's conceivable that MechaGodzilla appears from the void and specifically targets our film, our hard-drive, and our back-up hard-drive, but it's not something we're anticipating.

Seriously, the biggest risk to this film is that we fail to raise this money during our campaign. The deliverable costs are the last major hurdle between our film and all of you. The vast majority of these costs have been pre-negotiated, so if we meet the mark with this campaign, BESIDE STILL WATERS will receive its distribution.

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    In addition to our ETERNAL GRATITUDE, we'll send you a SPECIAL SCRIPT annotated with doodles, jokes, and fun little anecdotes from set. You'll also receive a private link to CHRIS AND BECK'S (SNL) NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FIRST STUDENT FILM - "Rebel Without a Bra" - which also features Nick Rutherford and Kyle Mooney of GoodNeighbor!

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    T-SHIRT • VOICEMAIL • DVD • STUDENT FILM • SCRIPT- You'll get a limited edition T-SHIRT DESIGNED BY CHRIS! And honestly, it looks great on you. No, I'm not just saying that - it really brings out your eyes. You'll also get and a PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL from Chris or a member of the cast! Plus, you'll get a DVD of the movie, a private link to Chris/Beck's first student film, and an annotated script from writers Chris/Mo.

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    POETRY • ORIGINAL ART • WHISKEY SLAPS • T-SHIRT • DVD • STUDENT FILM • SCRIPT - You can't say we're not willing to suffer for our art - Chris, Mo or a member of the cast, will send you a PERSONALIZED WHISKEY SLAP VIDEO, dedicating the slap to you! You'll also receive an ORIGINAL POEM from Chris with YOUR NAME in it, and a SPECIAL WATERCOLOR PRINT from the film by artist Carla Weeks! Plus, you'll get a limited edition T-Shirt, a DVD of the movie, a private link to Chris/Beck's first student film, and an annotated script from writers Chris/Mo!!!

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    OWN A PIECE OF BESIDE STILL WATERS - We shot this movie on beautiful 16mm film, and we will actually send you a piece of it! Own a portion of the film! We'll also send you a custom BESIDE STILL WATERS JOURNAL, with an original, signed, exclusive SHORT STORY by Chris. This movie grew out of our personal stories, and we'd love for you to start writing yours. Plus, you'll receive a beautiful watercolor print from the film by artist Carla Weeks, a limited edition T-Shirt, a DVD of the movie, a private link to Chris/Beck's first student film, and an annotated script from writers Chris/Mo.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - The ultimate package for fans of Chris's fine art photography - A SIGNED, EDITIONED, FIBER PRINT, a personal note from Chris describing the print, and a ONE-OF-A-KIND UNDEVELOPED ROLL OF FILM shot by Chris just for you! Plus, you'll receive a beautiful watercolor print from the film by artist Carla Weeks, a limited edition T-Shirt, a DVD of the movie, a private link to Chris/Beck's first student film, and an annotated script from writers Chris/Mo.

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    PHOTOBOOK - ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER - Chris is designing a hardback, premium luster paper COFFEE TABLE BOOK (approx 100 pgs) filled with photographs from the original Georgia lakehouse, taken during his final 31 days there. These images truly capture the place and people that inspired BSW. Chris will also include a HANDWRITTEN, PERSONALIZED NOTE to thank you for your support and generosity. Plus, you'll receive a beautiful watercolor print from the film by artist Carla Weeks, a limited edition T-Shirt, a DVD of the movie, a private link to Chris/Beck's first student film, and an annotated script from writers Chris/Mo.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - You'll receive a 'SPECIAL THANKS' CREDIT in the film because, hey, we couldn't have done it without you. You'll also get 2 tickets to a SPECIAL VIP SCREENING of Beside Still Waters in NY/LA, where you'll meet Chris, Mo, and the cast, and listen to them applaud furiously when your name appears in the credits! Plus, we'll send you a beautiful watercolor print from the film by artist Carla Weeks, a limited edition T-Shirt, a DVD of the movie, a private link to Chris/Beck's first student film, and an annotated script from writers Chris/Mo.

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    CHRIS LOWELL IS TAKING YOU TO LUNCH! (No, that's not a metaphor). Enjoy your delicious entrée as he gushes over how you've helped make his directorial debut a reality. Of course you can have one of his french fries. He doesn't mind. You'll also receive 2 tickets to a special VIP screening with Chris, Mo, and the cast, a beautiful watercolor print from the film by artist Carla Weeks, a limited edition T-Shirt, a DVD of the movie, a private link to Chris/Beck's first student film, and an annotated script from writers Chris/Mo.

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