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Actor Christopher Willis, left, who had a role in the Sherwood Pictures film “Facing the Giants,” joined Albany author Manswell Peterson at a press conference Tuesday announcing Peterson’s first film, “The Mustard Seed.”

Actor Christopher Willis, left, who had a role in the Sherwood Pictures film “Facing the Giants,” joined Albany author Manswell Peterson at a press conference Tuesday announcing Peterson’s first film, “The Mustard Seed.”

ALBANY, Ga. -- Manswell Peterson told a crowd of some 40 cast members and supporters Tuesday that the idea for his first film, "The Mustard Seed," came to him at 2 a.m., a time when he couldn't wake his wife or call any of his friends.

The Darton State College professor/author is ready now, though, to share his film with the world. He announced plans for the faith-based movie at a news conference at Albany's Institutional Baptist Church.

"Albany, Georgia is on the map now: from Ray Knight to Nancy Lopez, from Deion Branch to Buster Posey, from Luke Bryan to Phillip Phillips and now from Sherwood Pictures to Manswell Peterson Productions," Peterson said. "This film is a dream of mine, but it's a dream that's been 14 years in the making.

"My history started in the church, and I remember well the old lesson: 'What a man sows, so shall he reap.' I've been sowing and sowing, and 'The Mustard Seed' is what I hope to reap. This is not a movie that's going to be seen just in Albany; it's a film that will be seen all over the world. Now let's get started."

Joining Peterson at the press conference were cast and crew members who have signed on to be part of "The Mustard Seed," including actor/producer Christopher Willis, who had a significant role in the Sherwood Films production "Facing the Giants."

"After meeting and talking with Manswell, I realized we have pretty much the same vision," Willis said. "His vision for this film is one that I think shows people are people, and what's important in their lives boils down to family, friends and faith."

Peterson's dramatic novels, including "One Last Cry: Ron's Revenge," "Cougar Club" and "One Last Cry: Remorse," have topped a number of specialized categories listed by bookseller Amazon, and he has a growing following in a number of foreign countries. He said he plans to start production on "The Mustard Seed," which he wrote and will direct, in August.