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'Veronica Mars' actor Chris Lowell, a.k.a. Piz, asks fans for help funding film

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Many fans of “Veronica Mars” felt bad for Piz when the film update to the cult favorite TV series was released last month. Piz, played by Chris Lowell, was left waiting at the airport when Veronica (Kristen Bell) dumped him for her high school sweet heart, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring). Chris asked fans of the series (nicknamed “Marshmallows”) to help him fund a project of his own in an email update to “Veronica Mars” movie backers on April 10.

“Veronica” creator Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell and the rest of the cast teamed up to make KickStarter history with a hugely successful campaign in 2013. Lowell has now launched his own campaign on the fundraising site to raise dollars for “Beside Still Waters,” a film he wrote and directed.

The quadruple threat (actor, writer, director and photographer) has almost doubled his original goal, but the more money raised, the wider distribution the film will receive. He urges “Veronica Mars” fans to help out.

Lowell spoke to “Marshmallows” directly in a video message. He said if each fan gave just a dollar even his stretch goal would be far exceeded.

Rob Thomas said this is a great way for fans who feel badly for what Veronica and Logan did to Piz in the film to get a little cheer.

Lowell’s film has won both the Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. It’s received praise from critics. The fundraising campaign was actually launched after the movie was completed and all dollars will go to distribution. The original goal was around $61K and over $141K has been raised so far.

Lowell said “Beside Still Waters” is a love letter to childhood, the north Georgia town he grew up in and the people he knew then. “Veronica Mars” co-stars Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring and Ryan Hansen appear in the KickStarter video for the film, lending their support (and celebrity) to Chris Lowell.

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