On Friday, March 19, 2021 at noon EDT, the Alden Kindred of America (AKA) is premiering its film about the famous Pilgrim couple, going beyond the "love triangle" story from the well-known "Courtship of Myles Standish" poem. The 13-minute film, which has been four years in the making, will have a virtual premiere via Zoom this Friday. The online event is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to join the "Red Carpet Crowd" in wearing their best Pilgrim attire!
AKA Executive Director Desiree Mobed said that the film goes beyond the "Courtship" story, tracing the couple's real life, from their early hardships in Plymouth to their later successes in Duxbury. The land that houses the Alden House Historic Site has been in the Alden family since 1627.
"This film has always been needed to bring visitors into John and Priscilla's world," Mobed explained. "This was about trying to tell their story–– to get into their actual real lives."
The film is narrated by Adryn Sumner, former Deputy Governor of the South Carolina Society of Mayflower Descendants. Being part of the film crew was a passion project for Sumner and her husband, who helped edit the film.
Adryn Sumner filming in the kitchen at the Alden House.
Filming on location overlooking Plymouth Harbor.
Sumner called the film "a labor of love for many of us to share not only John and Priscilla's legendary pioneering story, but also to shine a light on the true experience of the Mayflower passengers.
"Everyone knows about the Mayflower, but few understand the true nature of what they faced in this epic journey," Sumner added. "Meeting the humans who lived it is what truly brings this American story to life."
To secure your virtual seat for Friday's premiere, be sure to register here.
For more information about the Alden Family and House Historic Site, visit the AKA website.
Adryn Sumner and Alden Kindred President Pauline Kezer standing in front of the Mayflower II replica at Mystic Seaport.