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Albany author plans first film production

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Christopher Willis, who was in Sherwood Films’ “Facing The Giants,” is part of the team producing “The Mustard Seeds,” Albany author Manswell Peterson’s first film.

Special photo Christopher Willis, who was in Sherwood Films’ “Facing The Giants,” is part of the team producing “The Mustard Seeds,” Albany author Manswell Peterson’s first film.

ALBANY — Albany author Manswell Peterson has already had a significant impact on the literary world with the release of his hot-selling dramatic novels.

Now Peterson wants to bring a little of that magic to the big screen.

Peterson, who is a professor at Darton State College, will hold a news conference Tuesday morning to announce plans for Manswell Peterson Productions’ first film project, “The Mustard Seed.” The film, based on Peterson’s screenplay, follows the ups and downs of childhood friends whose faith in God maintains them when all else fails.

“This is a dream-come-true for me, but it’s a dream that’s 14 years in the making,” Peterson said. “Most people tend to think of something like this as an overnight process, but you have to do your homework, pay your dues.

“I’m floating on clouds right now as we prepare to make this giant leap into a different medium. This makes all the work — all the late nights and early mornings — worth it.”

Peterson said he will do as much of the work on “The Mustard Seed” as possible in Albany, recruiting local talent to help with the production.

“Christopher Willis, who was involved in (Sherwood Baptist Church Pictures’) ‘Facing the Giants,’ has signed on as part of our team, and there are others who have been involved in local productions who’ve reached out to me,” Peterson said. “We’re excited about the prospects, but we also see this as a huge plus for our community.

“There’s going to be an economic development element to this; we’re going to create jobs.”

Tuesday’s news conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Institutional Baptist Church, located at 1210 N. Slappey Blvd. The public is invited.

Peterson’s books, including “One Last Cry: Ron’s Revenge,” “One Last Cry: Remorse,” “Cougar Club,” “Cougar Club: Caribbean Get Away,” and “Man Laws: Don’t Break ‘Em,” have reached positions atop various specialized categories listed by bookseller Amazon. He’s attracted a growing global audience.

“The feedback I’m getting from my overseas fan base makes the production of ‘The Mustard Seed’ vital to the continued growth of Manswell Peterson Productions,” the auteur said. “Since we announced our plans (for the film), things have blown up in places like Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany and Russia.

“There’s a lot of excitement and thus a lot of pressure to produce the same quality product that fans of the books have come to expect.”

Additional information about Tuesday’s press conference and about any of Peterson’s works is available by contacting DrLMPeterson@yahoo.com.