General Orders no. 9
GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9 starts with the capitulation speech of the American South and then sets off on one last trip down the rabbit hole before it’s paved over. A deep geography; what is above and what is below?; what came before and what will come after?; agrarian fantasies, sacrificial rites, and excavations. A story told with maps, dreams, and prayers. A map lesson in three parts. A history of the State of Georgia – or Anywhere.
Bob Persons is a first-time writer-director from Middle Georgia. After a short career in magazine publishing in Charleston, South Carolina, he moved back to his hometown where he began planning and writing the script for what would become GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9. Five years later, he met an Atlanta filmmaker named Phil Walker, and production began in earnest. After five more years, the film premiered at the 2009 Atlanta film Festival.