Chesapeake, to be filmed on location this summer, is inviting communities around the bay to join the production by supporting the film’s IndieGoGo campaign from March 19 through April 16, 2014.
Keith Carradine stands with co-star JP Vanderloo
The producers and crew have been touched by the positive response to the upcoming project. Everyone in the Chesapeake watershed will have the chance to get an insider’s view when the film’s crowdfunding campaign is launched on IndieGoGo on March 27.
Crowdfunding has become a popular way for films to invite fans to be part of the creative process. In return for pledges used to produce the film, fans receive perks ranging from exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs to a chance to be a VIP visitor on set. Pledge levels for Chesapeake will range from $5 to $10,000.
“The environment inspired the storyline about the life of a reclusive waterman who rescues a boy from drowning,” says writer and director Eric Hurt.
“The catalyst for me was the Chesapeake Bay’s watermen culture,” Hurt continues, “When I hear their stories and see the integrity and dedication the watermen bring to their lives and work, I am inspired to build and tell a story like this one, and to create a genuine setting where these fictional characters live.”
This classic story of loss and redemption stars Academy Award-winning actor Keith Carradine. Carradine, known for his roles in the films Nashville and Cowboys and Aliens and in the hit television series Dexter, said the script and its classic story drew him to the movie’s lead role.
Erica Arvold, producer and casting director for the film says, “I think it’s a great and important social responsibility to authentically capture the watermen culture that may not be around forever.”
The producers, cast, and crew of Chesapeake feel honored to be capturing a portrait of both a unique culture and a fragile ecology. While the film is also financially backed by more traditional means, it is important to the producers to include the community and give them an avenue to get involved – hence the heartfelt invitation to the IndieGoGo campaign.
More information about Chesapeake – including a promotional video about the film and link to the IndieGoGo campaign – is available at the film’s website, www.ChesapeakeTheFilm.com.