FLORENCE — “Aaron Wolf approached me out of the blue and said, ‘I want you to read this script and consider playing the father,’ ” Gross explained in a 2013 television interview. “To be honest with you, there is so much terrible material out there that I wasn’t too excited. But it was a short film, so I thought, ‘Oh, well, the read won’t be too bad.’ So I read it and rather liked it. It’s a nice little piece, and I thought it was a wonderful shape for a short film. This young director, Aaron Wolf, is a fine young man and a good director and shows a lot of promise.”
The George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival was founded in 1998 by UNA alumnus George Lindsey (1928-2012), whose long and versatile career in the entertainment industry included Broadway musicals, feature films, prime-time television and stand-up comedy. Lindsey earned lasting fame and audience adoration for his signature role as goofy, good-natured garage mechanic Goober Pyle on the beloved television 1960s-era sitcom The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff, Mayberry R.F.D.
Previous Lindsey festivals have featured special guests ranging from Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade,Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Monster’s Ball) and Ernest Borgnine (Marty, The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen) to actors Lee Majors (The Big Valley, The Six-Million-Dollar Man, The Fall Guy), Lucas Black (Sling Blade, Crazy in Alabama, 42), Michael Rooker (Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Walking Dead, Slither) and cast members from the Back to the Future sci-fi movie franchise.