Film based on an upcoming TV show at the Devon Theater in Attica | Wcinews


ATTICA, INDIANA (October 27, 2021) – The Andy Griffith Show made its television debut in 1960 and aired daily for over 60 years, making it one of the most successful television shows in all the time. Now, the children of actors who appeared in the original series have produced a family comedy feature film that captures the spirit of Mayberry, according to the producers’ information.

Mayberry Man follows an arrogant movie star forced to spend a week at Mayberry Fest, a festival celebrating The Andy Griffith Show. Surrounded by Mayberry fanatics, including colorful tribute artists posing as characters from the show, he gets the chance to find out what Mayberry Spirit is all about. The touching and light-hearted story pays homage to the classic TV series through replica sets, a vintage wardrobe, Mayberry patrol cars and other vintage vehicles, as well as film soundtrack including music. music from the original series by famous composer Earle Hagen.

“Mayberry Man is a fun and heartwarming story that I know would make my dad proud,” says Dixie Griffith, daughter of Andy Griffith. Griffith is also an executive producer.

Several of the filmmakers have personal ties to The Andy Griffith Show. Writer-director Stark Howell and producer Cort Howell are the sons of actor Hoke Howell who played “Dud Wash” in the classic television series. Co-producer Gregory Schell is the son of Ronnie Schell who appeared in two episodes and is best known for playing “Duke Slater” in the spin-off Gomer Pyle, USMC. Don Knotts’ daughter, Karen Knotts, makes a cameo appearance in the film.

Despite his ties to Hollywood, Mayberry Man was not backed by Hollywood. The independent film relied on crowdfunding to fund production. This allowed the filmmakers to maintain creative control while still giving fans the chance to be in the movie.

“It’s a movie the whole family will love,” says director Stark Howell. “And especially if you are a fan of The Andy Griffith Show, you are sure to love it.”

Mayberry Man is coming to the Devon Theater located at 107 W. Mill Street for a limited engagement November 5-7. Sessions are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with a morning Sunday at 2 p.m. Saturday night includes a special meet and greet with the stars of the film and a live performance by Berachah Valley, the bluegrass group from at 6:00 p.m.

Mayberry Man ( is a 2021 American family comedy written and directed by Stark Howell and produced by Cort Howell. The film follows an arrogant movie star sentenced by a small town judge to attend a week-long festival celebrating The Andy Griffith Show. It stars Brett Varvel, Allan Newsome, Rik Roberts, Jakob Winter, Ashley Elaine and Karen Knotts. It is rated “Approved for All Ages” by the Dove Foundation.


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