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What is this film about?

Ann Margaret, Patsy Lynn and Jenny Rose are not unlike most Southern women. They attend church on Sundays in their respective denominations, enjoy making and consuming a good Southern meal with sweet tea of course and… they have a little porch-sitting gossip circle.

But when Jimmy Preston, an eccentric in their small town, disappears and a new stranger in town named Paul West is the main suspect, the women turn from rumors to sleuthing to solve the mystery. In a journey that leads them from haunted mansions to the backwoods of Mississippi, these ladies have the time of their lives in this comedic murder-mystery, Porches and Private Eyes.

The Characters


Marlene Cupit plays Patsy Lynn

Patsy Lynn is bright, cheerful Southern woman. She has a great life on the surface but deep down she feels alone. As Patsy joins her friends in this investigation, she discovers more about who she is as a mother, wife, and friend.


Elise McMurry plays Jenny Rose

Jenny is the sweetest and most innocent of the ladies. But her youthful optimism is slowly diminished by the growing financial pressures that surround her. She finds comfort and an escape through the wild adventures with Ann and Patsy.


Lynn Forney plays Ann Margaret

Ann Margaret is a no-nonsense attorney with load of curiosity that would kill a cat, maybe nine times. She is the most impulsive member of the group; she knows something weird is going on in her town and leads her lady friends on a quest to find the answers.

Meet the Cast of Porches and Private Eyes

Meet the Cast

Why Brookhaven, MS?

Brookhaven, Mississippi is a home away from home for the Running Wild Films team. Director Travis Mills was first drawn to making films in this wonderful town because of his family history: retired Judge Donald Patterson, his grandfather, still resides in Brookhaven. The warm support from the community brought Running Wild back to Mississippi over and over and it was our dream to produce a feature film there.

With the help and support of local producers Greg Russell and James Minter, we developed the idea for Porches and Private Eyes, which is not only a film set in Brookhaven but a film about Brookhaven. James Minter described the movie as a “love letter” to the town.

Our production was greeted with grace and hospitality and we left Brookhaven feeling that it is the perfect place to make movies, soon to return again.

What did it take to make Porches and Private Eyes?

Read some of the questions we get asked about the making of Porches and Private Eyes as well as some info on the town of Brookhaven, MS

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