Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Hatfields & McCoysTom Berenger, Amy Smart, Bill Duke, Neal McDonough, Christopher Marquette and Frederick Weller have been set to join Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe in the dramatic-thriller Whiskey Bay. The film is a co-production between CB Productions, ANA Media and Mandalay Vision, and shooting is just getting underway in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Producer Chris Brinker is making his directorial debut from a script written by Johnny Hirschbein. Inspired by a true story, Whiskey Bay concerns a veteran Baton Rouge detective (Dafoe) who infiltrates the most powerful criminal enterprise in the South and, after taking down its top lieutenant and contract killer (Dillon), convinces him to turn informant to help bring down the entire organization including its amoral architect (Berenger). Amy Smart plays Dillon’s wife. Brinker produces with ANA’s Scott Einbinder, Mandalay Vision President Matthew Rhodes, Nancy Green-Keyes and Jim Crabbe. Kevin Chapman and Don Yesso co-star and serve as exec producers.

“I’ve been searching for the right film to direct for years,” says Brinker. “With Whiskey Bay I get to make a movie which is reminiscent of my favorite style of crime movies from the 70’s and 80’s. I have an incredible cast of actors who share my performance-driven vision of the movie. Don “Bud” Connor, Mike Barnett, Patrick Newall, Don Carmody, Cole Hauser, Jeff Steen, and David Krintzman are also exec producers and Justin Bursch and Jonah Loop are Co-Producers. Having a cast length lineup of producers is how indies get made these days.