• auditions
  • Maddie as Sara
  • Dashiell as Ben
  • Eric
  • Terry
  • Mia
  • David
  • Ghost of a Girl Scene 10 - Ben behind screen
  • title page
  • Kat
  • Director and Star
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It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our cast for the upcoming short THE GHOST OF A GIRL WHO NEVER LIVED based on the short story by Keffy R. M. Kehrli.

As our lead, SARA, we have the wonderful Maddie Benbenek.

Maddie as Sara

As her brother, BEN, we were fortunate to find Dashiell Smith.

Dashiell as Ben

The strong-willed and protective MOM of our family will be played by the lovely Mia Rangel.


And our emotionally torn DAD will be played by David Flannigan.


As the mysterious “DR. CARAWAY”, we have the intriguing Kat Tait.


As our hard working lab tech, ADAM, we have newcomer Eric Del Buono.


And our genius scientist DR. EMORY will be portrayed by Terry D. Pfeifer.


Our film will be directed by Donnie G. Reynolds.  Our cinematographer is Cordelaine Kline.

Principal photography is set for May 2013.

Maddie as Sara

Our Ghost of a Girl


We had many wonderful auditions for our film THE GHOST OF A GIRL WHO NEVER LIVED based on the short story by Keffy R.M. Kerhli.  It was an arduous task to process all of the auditions and find our perfect cast.

In the coming days, we will announce our entire cast but we wanted to leave tonight’s casting announcement all to our ghost of a girl.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the casting of Maddie Benbenek in the title role of Sara.

Maddie faced some incredibly stiff competition for the role but after the dust had settled, the role was hers.  We were very impressed with her audition and are excited to be working with her.

As a veteran of stage and film, Maddie has the chops to tackle this difficult role.

Welcome, Maddie, to the Waterloo Production family!

Maddie as Sara



Jay Lake reads bad news

New Lakeside Trailer

We’ve cut a new trailer as the story continues to unfold.  This trailer takes us from the beginning of filming through March, 2013.

This trailer also introduces new music by composer Will Manning.

“A small, desperate act of hope.”

Today we followed Jay Lake to Flying Pie Pizzeria.  The local eatery has hosted Jay’s annual public birthday party (also known as JayCon) for the last eight years.

A small, deperate act of hope

Today he reserved the party room for another JayCon this June.

When asked to share his thoughts about planning a party that is five months away, he said he considered it ” a small, desperate act of hope.”

His surgery next week will not only take out at least three tumors, it will also confirm if he has grown a fourth tumor while on chemotherapy.

What happens next will depend on the results of the surgery.  Only one thing is certain.  His doctors will be preserving samples of his tumor for the cutting edge “whole genome sequencing” that a recent fundraiser has paid for.  That sequencing could provide the best answer about exactly how to treat his aggressive cancer.

Near-time film stills from the documentary Lakeside available on Facebook

This weekend, we are back in Portland, Oregon as Jay Lake endures his final chemo session before a break to surgically remove rumors from his liver (again).

We are shooting digitally and will be sharing frames from the raw footage with Jay’s fans and friends on our Facebook page Facebook.com/waterlooprod

These will be from raw footage that will probably not yet be color graded or corrected.


Waterloo Productions is proud to announce it has begun a new documentary on the noise band PAN PAN PAN.

When does the accumulation and sequencing of sound become music? Noise bands explore this question through their innovative use on non-traditional methods and instruments.  They engage audiences on a primitive level in a way that melody-based music cannot.  It is raw and immediate.  It harkens back to the earliest forms of jazz with unreserved volume and distortion.

NOISE will explore the growing interest in noise bands in the abundant music scene of Austin, Texas.  It will begin with the birth of the noise movement from the early twentieth century and explore the first century of the genre.

NOISE will continue this exploration by following one noise band, PAN PAN PAN, as they prepare for the release of their debut album.  The film will follow the four band members through their everyday lives and examine their motivations in pursuing this genre.

Interviews with the musicians, the patrons, the audiences, and the critics of noise bands will paint a fascinating picture of what this genre is and where it is going.

Below, please enjoy a video of a recent live performance by PAN PAN PAN at the Wardenclyffe Gallery in Austin, Texas.

Strangers and Other Nice People


We are traveling the United States interviewing readers and writers about works in the various genres of speculative fiction.  We are scheduled to film readers and writers in the Pacific Northwest (home to many of our reading and writing friends); ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas (our home base) and in Chicago (host city of the 2012 Hugo awards presentation at Chicon 7).

We began this project in May during the Paradise Lost II Writer’s Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  At that conference, we talked with authors Jay Lake and Steven Brust about the power of storytelling.

The conference was a wonderful opportunity for working and aspiring writers to discuss the relevance and personal impact of genre fiction.

We then caught up with authors Steven Brust and Skyler White in Austin, Texas discussing their new project and the importance of collaboration between authors and readers.

Our next stop was on the California coast where we spent the day with editor John Joseph Adams and discussed the art of short-form fiction and its dual role in recruiting new fans to speculative fiction and satiating the appetites of existing fans hungry for new stories.

We ended the first round of interviews in Portland, Oregon where Jay Lake and Ken Scholes discuss the appeal of speculative fiction both as writers and readers.

Our next round of author interviews are back here in Austin during ArmadilloCon 2012.  We have several interviews set up with attending authors and expect to get in a few we haven’t yet scheduled.

Then we immediately head back to the Pacific Northwest to work on this and two other exciting projects.

In late August, we are off on a road trip to Chicago for the 70th WorldCon where we will be filming the Hugos and all the fun that is Chicon 7.  It will be a great place to interview readers, writers, editors, publishers and, yes, critics.  We are conducting a couple of round-table discussions as well including one with survivors of the Viable Paradise Writers Workshop held annually on Martha’s Vineyard.

We invite you to be a part of this project by helping us decide what questions should be asked during these interviews.  Please choose up to 5 questions below and add your own, if you care to.

Please tell your friends about the poll and look for us this summer if you’d like to be interviewed for the film.  If you see one of our crew walking around in a Waterloo Productions crew shirt –

Waterloo Productions Crew

ask them to put you in the movie!
We want to show the wonderful world of imagination and opportunity that only exists in speculative fiction and we want you to participate.
Jay and Sarah in wating area

Life Interrupting Art

Filming a documentary about someone’s life, as they are living it, isn’t as easy as working with say… infants, or cats. Shit happens and you either get it or you don’t.

During the first phase of filming THE FAMILY LAKE (working title), we had one of those incredible, horrible days you couldn’t plan for. And I was only able to cover it because of the support and trust of the Lake family.

On Tuesday, Sarah Bryant – Jay’s mother- sat for her first interview.

Sarah at home

It was a candid and wonderful interview. One of the things we discussed was Jay’s misplaced guilt of feeling responsible for his health affecting everyone else’s health. She laughed it off.

The next day, two months to the day before Jay’s follow up scan to see if his persistent cancer has struck again, Jay and I just begin another interview session with him when he receives a call.

Jay gets a call

The good news is that the call is from Sarah herself. The bad news is why she’s calling.

Jay is a writer and this is his family, so I must point out that Jay recalls the event on his blog.

Sometimes waiting is the hardest part.

Or sometimes a sight or sound makes it too real.

It continues to be a humbling and rewarding opportunity to shoot this documentary.  I find myself conflicted as a friend and a filmmaker: just how much drama do I hope for…