Audience enjoys local appeal of regional film

Published 11:40 am Thursday, July 29, 2010

Anyone who’s ever scratched their head about prehistoric remains or enjoyed digging up old artifacts might enjoy local the independent film, “A Genesis Found”, that premiered in Montevallo July 28.

The free screening was held in the Comer Auditorium on the University of Montevallo campus and is the first of a regional campus tour to begin in September.

The film is set in Moundville in Tuscaloosa and explores many of Alabama’s prehistoric origins and culture.

Audience members said they enjoyed the mystery aspect of the film and liked seeing Alabama in the spotlight.

“It was refreshing to see a local film and to see Alabama on the screen,” said Jamal Ware, business administration junior at the university.

Ware said he had never heard of Moundville before, and the film got him thinking about what Alabama was like hundreds of years ago.

According to the film’s director, Lee Fanning, Moundville was the first major metropolis of North America and was inhabited by the Mississippian Indians. Throughout the movie, characters attempted to unlock the secrets of Moundville, where many prehistoric remains are buried.

Audience member Marty Everse said the facts and information were his favorite parts of the film, even if some of it was over his head.

“It kept me interested through the whole film,” said Everse. “I’m not sure I understood all of it, but I don’t understand a lot of movies I see.”

“A Genesis Found” was filmed locally and made by Fanning and a small cast and crew.

With a budget of only $1,500, the crew used a do-it-yourself style for everything from the set to the costumes.

“Luckily Moundville was just mounds of wood back then,” Fanning said. “So just a little bit of costumes and a little bit of hair gel and we were good to go.”

In September the film will continue its regional campus tour to coincide with the DVD release.

For more information on the film or for tour locations, visit