“Providence” is both a place (Providence, Tennessee) and a description of events in this film written and directed by Sharon Wilharm (“The Good Book”). This is the story of Rachel and Mitchell, a couple whose lives intersect many times from 1974 – 2014. With an eclectic choice of music to set the tone for each scene, no words are spoken, leaving the audience to interpret the actions and music in a way that is different for each individual. The two main characters are portrayed by three actors, each playing the roles of Mitchell Little and Rachel Cartwright as the story progresses over the decades. Rich Swingle (“Beyond the Mask”) and Juli Tapken (“Godsend”) portray the adult versions. Chase Anderson (“Croaker”) is Mitchell as a child and Josh Allen (“Home Sweet Bus”) is the teen character with Emily Knapp (“The Good Book”) and Stacey Bradshaw (“Touched By Grace’”) as their counterparts.
Wilharm’s first experience with silent film was the featurette, “The Good Book,” written and directed by Wilharm, and produced by her husband, Fred. This short film, that followed a Bible as it passed through the hands of several owners, was the winner of several awards and received praise from audiences everywhere. Using a Bible as a central theme is also carried over into “Providence” which begins when Rachel’s grandmother gives her a Bible in 1974. Rachel’s mother carelessly donates it to a thrift store, where it is purchased by young Mitchell. His search for God and Rachel’s search for acceptance and popularity are both impacted by his gain and her loss of this Bible. Throughout the film Rachel and Mitchell dance toward and away again as the music weaves a background to their story, and ultimate reunion with the Bible playing a crucial part of the final scene.
Other cast members include Irene Santiago (“High School Musical”), the only character played by the same actor in the entire film, and Jenn Gotzon (“Frost and Nixon”) in a cameo role. “Providence” was the winner of “Best Story,” “Best Directing” and “Best Lyrical Music” at Faith Film Fest 2015 and has been selected to screen at other film festivals. Produced by Mainstreet Productions, a Nashville based video production company specializing in Corporate video, along with music video, web video, and feature film. “Providence” is set for limited release in AMC theaters this month with widespread release later this year. For more information, visit providencemovie.com