Clinton resident awarded grant from Mississippi Arts Commission for funding of local film

Frank Williams Jr. and Joedda Gore

Frank Williams Jr. and Joedda Gore, Photo by: Jack Mallette


Joedda Gore, Clinton resident and author of SUGARMAN, was awarded a $500. grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission in conjunction with the MS Legislature.  The money is to fund a short film adaption of the play by the same name.  SUGARMAN was selected by the Olde Towne Depot in Clinton to be one of three one-acts performed there and was performed at Mississippi College.  Frank Williams, Jr, a student at JSU,  portrayed “Sugarman”, an Edwards,, MS, hero and local legend. He will star in the movie version.



The movie company is seeking a house similar to the Edwards’ home built by  Andrew “Sugarman” Daniel.  The home was razed in the 1970s. Only the porch would be used for filming.


Photo by Gary Walters


The scenes will feature Sugarman’s front porch, a cemetery and the Clear Creek Bridge on Hwy. 80., west of Edwards.  On March 29, 1939, twelve cars and one truck drove into Clear Creek after a bridge washed out by heavy rains. Sixteen persons drowned, six survived.  Andrew “Sugarman” Daniel served as search and rescue in the cold, muddy, debris clogged, waters

Persons who may know of a potential lookalike home may contact





  1. Joedda Gore on April 29, 2021 at 10:14 am

    You made a simple press release seem a major news story…thanks so .

  2. Kristen Brandt on April 30, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    So beyond thrilled for you both!! Glad that you let me be part of the process

  3. Ernie McCoy on April 30, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    I am looking forward to locations preferably Edwards where it all happened!

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