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A struggling small town preacher risks losing it all when a young drifter comes to town and challenges the very fabric of who he is.
Jake Silbermann
Hot Springs, Arkansas
United States
3 Team Members


Making a feature length film is incredibly challenging, but's it all worth it when you start with a good story. Samuel Brett Williams, Malcolm Madera, and Jake Silbermann believe that THE REVIVAL is a relevant and beautiful story that needs to be told.


THE REVIVAL is a feature length film written and directed by Samuel Brett Williams.  

The story follows Eli, a southern baptist preacher in Hot Springs, Arkansas. His congregation is dwindling because of a nearby megachurch. With hopes of inspiring his flock and fulfilling his father's legacy, a revival is planned.

Tired and hungry, Daniel wanders into the weekly potluck at Eli's church. They are immediately drawn to one another and events are set in motion that will alter their lives forever.

As they begin to fall in love it becomes clear that someone has been watching them, and their secret life is no longer safe. This forces Eli to choose between his love for Daniel and his love for God, his church, and his family. THE REVIVAL is a story that asks -- how far will you go for the things you believe in?


We will film THE REVIVAL on location in Hot Springs Arkansas, allowing Brett to tell this authentic story in the town that inspired it.  We estimate the final budget to be upwards of $200,000. We are asking for this $25,000 in order to secure additional funding from several private investors. Let's do this together!

SAMUEL BRETT WILLIAMS (writer/director)

Hey folks -- I am a playwright who was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. My plays have been produced/developed at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, Naked Angels, the Kennedy Center, Yale University, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among other places. For television I have worked for 26 Keys Productions and for film I have written for Room 101. I'm thrilled to be working with Jake and Malcolm once again, and I can't wait to get started! Check my website out at www.samuelbrettwilliams.com.


Hey guys, I grew up in a small town in New Mexico but have been a New York actor going on seven years now. I am involved with numerous theatre companies around town and love helping to develop new work for stage and screen. I'm a company member of The Amoralists as well as founding Camisade with Jake and Brett. My credits include BOARDWALK EMPIRE on HBO, DEAD MEN THE SERIES, MY BROTHER JACK and many independent films. Stage credits include, DERBY DAY, THE MNEMONIST OF DUCHESS COUNTY, AL'S BUSINESS CARDS, and THE PIED PIPER OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE among others. Always a sucker for a good story, I am so excited to be a part of telling this one.


Hey all, I'm a New York based actor and producer.  I've appeared in GUIDING LIGHT, GOSSIP GIRL, THE GOOD WIFE and AS THE WORLD TURNS where I originated the groundbreaking role of Noah Mayer.  Recently I have been appearing in theatre such as David Admji's "3C" (Rattlestick Theatre), DERBY DAY, The Yale Rep and A.R.T. co production of MARIE ANTOINETTE and I will be making my broadway debut with the Manhattan Theatre Club's THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES by Richard Greenberg.  I wrote and produced the Award winning short film STUFFER directed by Nathan Crooker  (Stuffer website link www.stufferthefilm.com).


Our biggest challenge in this project is maintaing our autonomy as filmmakers.  This script was almost owned by a studio that would have made key changes in the overall story.  The only way we can guarantee the the integrity of THE REVIVAL is to raise enough money on our own that we are able to match additional producers and keep the decision making with the writer/director Brett.  WE, this community, will be the executive producers of this film!

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  • $25USD

    A special thank you signed by Samuel Brett Williams, Malcolm Madera and Jake Silbermann.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD

    The shooting screenplay signed by the writer, Samuel Brett Williams and the cast. Read Brett's words and see how a story takes it's shape from the page to the screen.

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  • $100USD

    DVD signed by the filmmakers.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $130USD
    Script AND DVD

    Signed copy of the script and DVD.

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  • $250USD

    Signed copy of the screenplay AND the Special Edition DVD with a behind the scenes making of THE REVIVAL. See how this film, that you're producing, gets made. All the onset trials and tribulations!

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  • $500USD

    THE REVIVAL Promo Kit Includes: Signed screenplay, Signed Special edition DVD, Signed headshots of the cast, signed on set film schedule AND a personalized thank you from the filmmakers.

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  • $975USD

    THE REVIVAL Promo Kit (Signed Screenplay, SE DVD, Headshots, Shoot Schedule, personal thank you) PLUS a special thanks IN THE CREDITS of the film.

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  • $1,000USD

    Dinner with the filmmakers Malcolm Madera, Samuel Brett Williams and Jake Silbermann in New York City. *Transportation and accommodation to the set not included. Dates will be specified as soon as scheduled.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $2,000USD

    Promo Kit (All of the above) PLUS 2 ViP passes to the PREMIERE SCREENING of THE REVIVAL and the AFTER PARTY with the cast and crew! *Travel and accommodation not included. You will be notified of dates as soon as scheduled.

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  • $2,500USD

    THE REVIVAL Promo Kit, VIP passes for 2 to the screening and party PLUS.............................. .......................................................... 2 passes for a GUIDED DAY ON THE SET of the film!! Actually be there while the film is made and meet everyone involved! Join the cast and crew for a catered meal! *Travel and accommodation not included. Specific dates will be known as soon as scheduled.

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  • $4,500USD

    THE REVIVAL Promo Kit, 2 VIP screening and party passes, 2 passes for a day on the set AND................................................................................................................................................. A SPEAKING ROLE IN THE FILM! Don't just see the making of the film you are producing, be in a critical scene! *Transportation and accommodation to the set not included. Dates will be specified as soon as scheduled.

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