“With his writing and direction, Longmire proves himself to be a masterful storyteller. Each member of the outstanding cast, creates a memorable character without resorting to stereotype.”
– Susan Siniawsky, WebVeeGuide
The game is prepared.
Episode 01: “INVITED”
During a game of online poker, a man receives a message that asks “Do you want to play a real game?” What happens next will change his life forever.
Episode 02: “THE RULES”
The Host introduces the rules of the game and gives the players a choice. The decision is their own.
Episode 03: “ALL IN”
One player decides take a chance.
Episode 04: “THE KID”
Players react to the first loss of the game. There is no going home now.
Episode 05: “BLINDS”
What happens when the game doesn’t go as planned?
Episode 06: “HOME”
Another player lost to the game. Only three episodes left until we reach the end.
Episode 07: “PANIC”
Cheaters never prosper.
Episode 08: “THE WINNER”
Someone must lose for someone to win.
Episode 09: “THE PRIZE” (FINALE)
All things come to an end.
“The River” is the story of five men abducted into an underground game of No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker where the winner will receive $1,000,000 but the losers will die. Each of them must play for their lives in this nine episode series.
Often described as a combination of “Saw” & “Twelve Angry Men,” the show began in 2009 as a feature film. However, after five years of growth in the online television industry and the monumental success of YouTube, “The River” has now found success as a web series which premiered its first season on October 15th, 2014.
The Host: Michael Jaworski
Player 1: Don Danielson
Player 2: Justin Ipock
Player 3: Oto Brezina
Player 4: Alexius Zellner
Player 5: Matt Ryan
Player 2’s Wife: Monika Casey
Player 2’s Brother: Ben Whitehair
Player 5’s Parents: Debra Olson-Tolar & Kevin Flood
Written, Directed, Edited, & Produced by Matt Longmire
Producer: Hayden Longmire
DP: Ben Booker
2nd Camera: Dilip Isaac
Sound Mixer: Anthony Enns
Makeup & SFX: Josh Potter
Production Photos: Justin Edwards
Watch Cast & Crew Commentary
With Alexius Zellner (Player 4) & Ben Whitehair (The Brother)
With Don Danielson (Player 1) & Michael Jaworski (The Host)