The Southerner is a 1945 American film directed by Jean Renoir, based on the 1941 novel Hold Autumn in Your Hand by George Sessions Perry. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Director, Original Music Score and Sound. Renoir was named Best Director by the National Board of Review, which also named the film the third best of 1945. Future director Robert Aldrich was an assistant director on this film. Filming location for flood is below the site of where Millerton Lake is located today. The flood was created by releases from the then recently completed Friant Dam.