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Rusty Cundieff and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran in Production on ‘White Water’ Adaptation (On Segregation in 1960s Alabama)

Rusty Cundieff and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran in Production on 'White Water' Adaptation (On Segregation in 1960s Alabama)

“White Water” is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the white’s only drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable:  drink from it.

Based on a children’s book by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, which was itself based on their childhood experiences, the story is now being produced as a feature film to be shot this fall in Opelika. The film is described as a “whimsical tale in the tone of ‘Forest Gump.'”

Rusty Cundieff (“Fear of a Black Hat,” “Tales From The Hood”) will direct from a script written by Bandy and Stein, with Cundieff and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran (“Be Known”) producing. The team got connected when Bandy and Stein attended the Cosby Screenwriting Program at USC where Cundieff and Johnson-Cochran were instructors. 

The film is planned for a limited theatrical run, followed by broadcast on TV One in February 2015. 

See the original children’s book trailer, which gives more on the story, below: 

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