About this project
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.
Annotated Script with stories and anecdotes from writers Chris & Mo:
Original Artwork by Carla Weeks featured throughout the film:
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 Blood, Greek 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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