Project Overview

The idea of Soda Springs came after several years of “soul searching” and reflection. I think every actor dreams of creating their own project that allows them to creatively tell ‘their story.’ I found myself in this place and hence the concept of Soda Springs. After a six-year run as a lead actor on ABC’s Port Charles, I began searching for scripts with the idea of producing a low budget feature film. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted but I was determined to break away from the often done, first-time-horror-film genre. I wanted to make a positive film and shoot it on a reasonable budget. I looked extensively for ideas. I called agents, friends, acquaintances, and total strangers; if they had a script, I read it. I joined web sites that sell screenplays and read script after script. One year and one hundred scripts later, I still had nothing.

Feeling I was at a dead end, I decided to revisit an idea I had several years earlier. I re-read and studied all my screenwriting books and decided that if I couldn’t find an existing story then I was going to write the one I wanted to tell. One thing about reading so many scripts is that you get clarity about what speaks to you and what doesn’t. At this point, I knew my main theme would be ‘redemption’ and I wanted it set in a small town, framed by the type of music that so defines rural America.

If nothing else, I knew the script would be written from the heart. One year later, I ended up with Soda Springs. Initially, I sent the script to some close friends and the comments were encouraging, so I decided to send it to a producer who I worked with previously. When she asked me if I would be willing to sell the script, I knew I might be onto something. But I didn’t want to sell it. I wanted to make it!

The next obvious step for me was to reach out to my best friend since seventh grade, Gary Hollie. Gary had retired from Microsoft and was living in Sun Valley, Idaho. We discussed working together on a project years earlier but the timing was never quite right. As luck would have it, Gary was looking for other business opportunities and he immediately came on board as Executive Producer. Since that time we have not looked back. Shortly after, we were lucky enough to recruit another friend and fellow movie and wine enthusiast, Jamer Roush to the team as Executive Producer.

Our first order of business was to find a talented director. I had recently worked on two independent films with a director by the name of Michael Feifer. Michael has a gift for telling stories with an independent approach and spirit. He has successfully directed over twenty features and has produced more than forty others. I approached Michael to see if he might be interested and he jumped at the chance. He was attracted to the project because it was a film about “real life.” Michael has brought and continues to bring many things to the process. Together we produced and co-wrote the production. Needless to say, we have been thrilled to have him on the team.

So that gets us to where we are today. We have cultivated our story, shared a common vision, worked hard, and have had fun making a film we are all proud of. We hope you enjoy it.

--Jay Pickett

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