Providence Filming – By Actor Lanny Smith

Lanny is one of those people who immediately feels like an old friend. Maybe it’s because he lives in north Florida and that’s where I’m from, but he just seems like someone I would have gone to school with. When he first mentioned that he’d like to be involved in filming Providence, I immediately thought of the perfect role for him, Rachel’s blind date. Lanny did a wonderful job of capturing the excitement of first meeting Rachel and then doing everything he could to make her like him, despite her obvious disinterest. I think anyone who’s ever had a blind date that just didn’t take will be able to relate to his scene. 


I was incredibly honored to have been a part of Sharon and Fred Wilharm’s new film, Providence.  Let me tell you about the fantastic time I had while on the set of this remarkable film.

First and foremost, I don’t think of myself as a professional actor. I’ve done some background artist work along with some heavy lifting on a few films. Still, I was thrilled to have been selected to play the role of the “blind date” in Providence. The blind date is a bit of an obnoxious character who becomes enthralled by Rachel (played by the enormously-talented Juli Tapken) after a thirty second encounter. (To do “obnoxious,” I found myself drawing upon a few “method” acting techniques to pull it off.) I appreciated Sharon’s confidence in me and I absolutely enjoyed taking on this role.

Working with Sharon and Fred was an amazing experience. Sharon provided that terrific direction and vision necessary to generate a certain creative “synergy” on the set. Fred’s skill as the director of photography was evident as he prepared for and captured every scene. I felt completely at ease and that feeling alone inspired me to work as hard as possible for them.

The comradery among the entire cast and crew was incredible. I was welcomed onto this set as a part of the family and immediately felt connected to these wonderful people. The climate (and I’m not talking global warming here) was so surreal that I almost felt like I was home. All I had left to do was turn around and look for the Master.

I’d like to recommend Providence as a must-see film for you and your family! Its inspirational message and high-quality production will touch your heart and give you an insight into God’s amazing love for us!


When he’s not acting is a movie, Lanny Smith is a Christian high school teacher, a former “Class B+” surfer and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He lives in Florida with his wife and two of his three children. His new novella is called THE CHRISTMAS BEACON, an inspirational story of faith, hope and the miracles that happen, especially at Christmastime. 

Lanny has completed the screenplays for his explosive action-thriller, THE RADICAL RIDE and THE CHRISTMAS BEACON. Be a part of taking these faith-filled stories from print to the silver screen! Please visit and

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a popular media guest, award-winning female filmmaker, and women’s ministry leader, whose faith-based films have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the world, and on multiple television networks. Sharon has recently taken over as women's ministry director at her church. Her passion is to lead prayer retreats, engaging women of all ages to pray with each other, for each other, praying with expectation.

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