“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: