Silent Film 'Providence' Tells Old-Fashioned Love Story With a Modern Twist

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Poster art for the "Providence" movie, a silent cinematic love story, 2016. |

AMC theaters across the U.S. will be showing a limited theatrical release of "Providence," a modern day retelling of an old-fashioned love story that is sure to warm hearts this Valentine's Day weekend.

The silent cinematic feature tells a love story that spans four decades and reveals how a lifetime of choices, mixed with chance encounters and divine intervention, leads one to their destiny.

The storyline follows the lives of characters named Rachel and Mitchell, two people who grow up together in the small town of Providence, Tennessee. Throughout their lives their paths keep intersecting, but misunderstandings pull them apart until tragedy brings them back together.

The faith-based flick features three actors who portray each phase of the two lead characters' lives: Emily Knapp and Chase Anderson ("Where Hope Grows") are Rachel and Mitchell as children; Stacey Bradshaw ("Touched by Grace") and Josh Allen play the teen counterparts; and Rich Swingle ("Beyond the Mask") and Juli Tapken portray the adult sweethearts. Other cast members include Irene Santiago ("High School Musical"), who plays Rachel's mother, and Jenn Gotzon ("Frost" and "Nixon") has a cameo role. 

Husband and wife duo, Fred and Sharon Wilharm of Main Street Productions, teamed up to make the romantic film. The silent film "Providence" is not a first for them, in 2014 the couple released a multi-award winning silent cinema movie called "The Good Book."

For "Providence," Sharon served as the writer/director and Fred as the producer, cinematographer and editor.

"Without dialogue, the movie is able to speak to people in a very personal way," Sharon said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "Each person interprets the scenes and hears in their mind dialogue that makes sense to them."

"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.

"'Providence' is about true love and connecting with your soulmate," Fred Wilharm added. "We wanted to let people know it's never too late to find true love and that true love is worth the wait."

"Providence" is set to release in Atlanta, Tulsa, Los Angeles, New York City, Destin, Charlotte and Jacksonville on Feb. 12.  For more information, visit

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