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The Water Man available On Demand May 25!

As a newly transplanted family tries to adjust to the countryside, Lonnie Chavis whom plays Gunner, the son, is desperately pulling strings to cure his seriously ill mother. Oyelowo's directorial debut is a short and sweet family drama and adventure. Lots of family films focus on easy laughs, however this is poignant, full of love and heart. It’s a phenomenal novel come to life.

I was invited to ‘The Water Man’ press junket and unfortunately I missed it, kiddo took a fall and his elbow was bleeding. He’s better now, you know the moment you hear, “mom, look,” SMH!

I was able to hear what was discussed and thought I should share some fun tidbits with you!

Lonnie Chavis: In regards to filming “The Water Man” I had lots of fears during this movie, and heights was one of them. And the darkness was one of those and I had anxiety too. So, there were lots of scenes in particular, but specifically speaking, the log scene was definitely a difficult one for me. Because when I had gotten on the log, it's a really, really high log by the way. When I had gotten on top of it, I did not want to get down. And my mom, she had tried to calm me down because I felt like I was being pressured. I mean looking at everybody, they were expecting me to do something. So, my mom, she tried to calm me down and she just couldn't because I just kept ranting on about how--how high this was, how scary this was. And then Mr. David stepped in and he reminded me why I'm doing this. I'm doing this--I mean, why Gunner is doing this. Gunner’s doing this for all the love and the passion that he has for his mom.

Lonnie Chavis: This movie identifies with a lot. There's love, there’s sacrificial love, there’s family, there's hope. There's faith, there's sacrifice. But there's--there’s--yes, there's a lot of things that come back to this movie. Not only with that, but that there's a lot of genres that come inside of the movie as well. But what I hope a lot of people see is that you shouldn't take time for granted. And that love has no limits, especially after COVID. That's a lot of things that people need right now.

Lonnie Chavis: I'm not spilling any beans today. I can't tell you how many spoilers I've given over the years of something I can't say. So, if I do have some stuff coming up, I'm not saying, you're just going to have to see, but it's going to be good. Oh, I already almost gave it away. But yes, you're going to have to see.

Thank you Lonnie for sharing, and we are absolutely excited to watch The Water Man available On Demand May 25!


Gunner (Chavis) sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest -- but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them and in the process will discover who his son really is.

Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello

Directed By: David Oyelowo

Screenplay By: Emma Needell



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