Independent film on historic Alabama premieres in Montevallo

Published 9:54 am Monday, July 26, 2010

Alabama independent filmmaker Lee Fanning of Hunstville will premiere his film “A Genesis Found” at the University of Montevallo this week as a kick-off event to the film’s regional tour.

The free screening will begin at 7 p.m. July 28 at Comer Theater on campus and will be followed by a question and answer session with Fanning. The event is open to students and members of the community and the first 50 in the door will receive a free promotional DVD of the film.

The film follows a college student as he explores the origins of Moundville Archeological Park in Tuscaloosa, said Fanning. The film is also an adventure mystery he hopes can be enjoyed by everyone.

“It is captivating in the traditional sense,” Fanning said. “But we also want to promote regional film making. We want to get a region interested in a film about their region.”

The movie was filmed in Tuscaloosa and North Alabama and explores the prehistoric Native American cultures of Alabama, according to Fanning.

“Moundville was the first major metropolis of North America,” he said. “It was a huge civilization of this culture.”

The film was produced completely by Fanning and a cast and crew all under 25 years old in what Fanning calls “southern homegrown moviemaking.”

The screening at the University of Montevallo is the first of a Southeastern Campus tour put on by Wonder Mills Films. For more information on the tour or to see a preview of the film, visit