There are a number of films set in the south that are appealing for their colorful characters who both embody as well as defy stereotypes. “Second Samuel” is a new independent film by first time director Wayne Patterson. The movie is based on the play of the same name written by playwright Pamela Parker.
The movie takes place in the summer of 1949 in Second Samuel, Georgia. The small southern town is grieving over the death of Miss Gertrude, “ the sweetest woman whoever drawed a breath!” For 25 years, Miss Gertrude has been a resident of Second Samuel and was a staple in the community. She has helped the sick, introduced lovers, taught piano lessons, even played piano for the church choir, and everybody loved her apple pie.
The movie is about what happens when the whole town finds out a secret so big that it points out all of the differences that divide us to this day.
“This story goes with everything that I believe the Southern culture should be…that everybody we encounter is a neighbor,” said Patterson.
“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke via Zoom with Patterson, and with actors E. Roger Mitchell and Bethany Anne Lind about the film. The film is available on Amazon Prime, Fandango, Google Play, Itunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, Vimeo, and Vudu.
Second Samuel Trailer 2019 from F. Scott Kennedy on Vimeo.