The Ghost and the Whale tells the story of Joseph Hawthorne (Benard), a man who went off to sea with the love of his life and came back to town (Bodega Bay) alone. Accused of murder, Hawthorne was found not guilty after a long and grueling trial that was nationally covered. Now, Joseph questions his own innocence, because at the time of the death of his wife, he was suffering a bi-polar episode. One year later, acclaimed journalist Ed Hale has been called to Bodega to cover Hawthorne’s mysterious story. What he encounters is a hornet’s nest of uncontrollable consequences.
The filmmakers are trying to raise $30,000 by March 6 via Kickstarter to make the film happen. Like most fan-sourced indie projects there are several cool "prizes" based on the amount of money donated, such as lunch with Maurice Benard.
You can visit the Kickstarter page for the film here. The movie's official website can be found at theghostandthewhale.com.