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Coldwater: Sometimes the Punishment Doesn't Fit the Crime

from Jules - Saturday, July 05, 2003
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From the mailing list. is a web site run by children's rights activists campaigning against violence towards children. Physical abuse of children in the Family is documented on this site in an article on the victor camps by Dr. Stephen Kent. A section on physical abuse of children in religious organizations can be found here:

COLDWATER. Sometimes the Punishment Doesn't Fit the Crime.

Seventeen-year-old BRAD LUNDERS is sentenced to the remote juvenile detention camp COLDWATER RANCH where REHABILITATION consists of PHYSICAL and MENTAL torture.


My name is Sean Michael Beyer and I am filmmaker living in Los Angeles. I want to tell you about my next film which is set at a juvenile detention ranch. The film is titled COLDWATER and tells the harrowing story of a troubled teenage boy that is sent away to a "juvie" ranch for rehabilitation, only to experience first hand the torturous treatment and horrible conditions that exist in many of these facilities.

While our story is fictional, it is based on real events. Our aim is to reveal the truth about these awful camps and to create a film that will also be a memorial to the many kids that have needlessly died in them. We want our movie to be both compelling and authentic. And, as Steven Spielberg did with SCHINDLER'S LIST and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, we will do our utmost to honor the dignity of the lost children and the pain of those who love and miss them.

COLDWATER will not be some watered-down "Hollywood" treatment. What unfolds is very realistic and, hopefully, somewhat disturbing. Yes, the movie is entertainment as are all dramas, but revealing the truth is clearly on our mind. Personally, I hope it will show parents and local governments what really goes on in some of these places.

We are producing this movie with a very modest budget and are very close to having the funds needed for production. Happily, those that have expressed interest truly appreciate a compelling story and agree that the tragic subject matter needs to be exposed. I am very excited by the overwhelmingly positive responses we are receiving. Several name actors have expressed interest. The momentum is building.

We would like to reach out to parents and family members of the children who have died in the name of "rehabilitation" and ask permission to list their loved-one's name and age. This brief dedication would appear at the end of the film just before cast and crew credits scroll. Be assured, we will absolutely honor the confidentiality of any and all respondents.

To learn a little more about COLDWATER, please visit our Web site Also, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. Email us at or write to us at the address below.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sean Michael Beyer
Director, Coldwater

Eye Scream Films
7510 Sunset Boulevard #201
Hollywood, CA 90046 USA
323-372-3918 fax

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from challenger
Sunday, January 16, 2005 - 11:29

Thank you for making this movie I looked at the clip and it sounds like something my bro would like to comment on.
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