The Sunday Lady

Martha BerryBerry long has been a destination of choice for television and movie crews seeking a one-of-a-kind setting for their productions, but the most compelling story on campus – that of Martha Berry herself – remains largely untold. Not since the 1952 Hallmark Hall of Fame production of “Forgotten Children” – featuring Cloris Leachman as Martha Berry with James Dean in a supporting role – has the Berry story been the subject of a commercial film or television show.

Jessica Clay Smith (00C) hopes to change that with The Sunday Lady, a proposed film about Martha’s life. The Atlanta-based actress and producer is currently working to build awareness in advance of a fall Kickstarter campaign to support the project.

“During the preparation period, I have become only more fascinated by the remarkable Martha Berry,” Smith said. “Her personal motto, ‘Prayer changes things,’ has become more than just the theme of the movie; it is also the theme of the production. I am eager to share the exciting news of this journey with the Berry community and pray each current and former student will become a part of this story as well.”

Berry Chief of Staff Whit Whitaker (81C) commended Smith on her efforts.

“We are excited about Jessica’s commitment to her project and certainly wish her well as she moves forward,” he stated. “Every alumnus, alumna and friend of Berry would be thrilled to see a high quality movie tell the Martha Berry story.”

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