Son of a Gun: Pine Belt actors star in new Civil War film set for April 3 release at SaengerBy STAFF REPORTS,
Son of a Gun, a new Mississippi film starring Hattiesburger Miles Doleac, makes its Hub City premiere at 7 p.m. April 3 at the Saenger Theater.
Doleac and Hattiesburg-based actress Lindsay Anne Williams, who also plays a role in the film, will be present at the showing to meet and greet the audience along with select members of the cast and writer/director Travis Mills, also a Mississippian.
Son of a Gun is inspired by the “minie ball pregnancy” tall tale from the Civil War.
Eleven years after the war, a doctor based in Vicksburg named Legrand Capers published a story in a renown medical journal which has been talked about ever since. He claimed that during a battle, a bullet passed from the private parts of a soldier and struck a young woman, therefore causing her to bear a child.
This myth, which has been discussed at length and disputed since, is the subject of the feature film, Son of a Gun, which will focus on Legrand, played by three leading men including Doleac.
The film was written and directed by Brookhaven-based filmmaker Travis Mills of Running Wild Films, who has produced six feature films to date in Mississippi. It also stars Shannon Williams and Cotten Yancey.
With a focus on local stories, Mills has showcased the history of Mississippi in movies such as the Lawrence County-centered Blood Country, the Dixie Mafia tale Cornbread Cosa Nostra and this recent Vicksburg-set Son of a Gun.
He recently filmed in Hattiesburg for the sequel to Porches and Private Eyes, titled If These Porches Could Talk. Mills is also committed to casting Mississippi talent in principal roles, showcasing their talent on a national scale through streaming platforms.
Advance tickets for the show are $10 and are available at eventbrite.com. Tickets purchased at the door are $15.