CANTON, Miss. (AP) -- The movie adaptation of ``The Ponder Heart,'' Pulitzer Price-winning writer Eudora Welty's comic novel filmed primarily in Canton, will have a premiere screening Jan. 18 in Jackson.
``We are thrilled this was filmed in the movie capital of Mississippi,'' said Jo Ann Gordon, executive director of the Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau and Canton Film Office.
The film ``Ponder Heart,'' directed by Martha Coolidge, is part of Exxon-Mobil Masterpiece Theatre's new American Collection telfilm series. It was produced by ALT Films and headed by veteran producer Marian Rees.
``The Ponder Heart,'' which first appeared in The New Yorker magazine in 1953 and was published in book form the following year.
The saga involves a colorful Southern family and the attempts by a young heiress to keep her rich uncle from giving away his fortune. The adaptation is a continuous monologue by Edna Earle Ponder, proprietress of the Beulah Hotel.