... has appeared in over 25 films, from the big-budget box office favorites, October Sky, Walk the Line, and Biloxi Blues, to critically-acclaimed films One False Move, Sling Blade, and Shotgun Stories. In 1997 Ms. Canerday and the cast of Sling Blade were nominated for Best Ensemble Performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Ms. Canerday has been a long-time supporter and frequent guest of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
... is an author and Presiding Goober of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club, which he founded in 1979 while a student at Vanderbilt University. The club today has about 20,000 members in 1,300 odd chapters in the United States and 15 foreign countries. He is co-writer of two dozen books, including Goober in a Nutshell, George Lindsey’s autobiography. He has worked in public relations and promotions for Opryland USA, Vanderbilt University, Holder Kennedy and Co., and as vice president of Schnitzer Communications Marketing Group, a company specializing in book-related and grocery-store promotions. In addition to freelance writing, Jim has served as editor of The Bullet newsletter and its successors, The Pocket and The Button, and has served as associate editor for Card Collectors Digest. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Jim lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, Mary.
... was born in Jasper, Alabama and moved at age 13 with his mother and eight siblings to Chicago. After graduating from the Goodman School, now The Theatre School at DePaul University, he worked in area theatrical productions. In 1986, Michael made a spectacular film debut as the sociopathic title character in “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.” “Henry,” which was not released for four years, is considered one of the most terrifying and brilliant horror films ever made. Rooker is known for playing “don’t screw with me” roles in films like “Eight Men Out,” and rugged characters in films that include “Cliffhanger” and “Tombstone.” Rooker’s southern roots can be detected in many film and television roles, including a small-town police officer in “Mississippi Burning,” NASCAR driver Rowdy Burns in “Days of Thunder,” a defense attorney representing the white killer of an innocent black man in “Blood Done Sign my Name,” and the fan favorite, ultra redneck Merle in AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Rooker’s broad range as an actor can be seen in the Kevin Smith comedy “Mallrats,” and James Gunn’s sci-fi-horror-comedy “Slither.” Rooker is also a playable character in “Call of Duty: Black Ops (I and II)”.
... whose began his career in 1994, is at the top of his game and his class as he has worked on over 200 commercials. His burgeoning film career has now caught fire as he works opposite the biggest names in Hollywood. High accolades are attributed to Danny as part of the 6-member Oscar-winning cast of "Two Soldiers." These days as the natural southern actor seems to give way to a "Hollywood hick" accent, Vinson's voice and genuine charm will keep this boy from Alabama giving reality to viable rolls that come under the Mason-Dixon line. Danny is an alumnus of the University of North Alabama, where he began his acting career in a UNA theatre production of "My Three Angels" with Sal Mineo, Broderick Crawford, and Peter Breck. Some of his film work includes "Walk the Line," "Talladega Nights, the Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "U.S. Marshalls," "When When I Find the Ocean," "Honeydripper," "Leatherheads," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Audiences will soon see Danny in the Jackie Robinson biopic, "42."
Anne Wilson is a Nashville businesswoman and was George Lindsey’s closest and dearest companion for many years until his death. Anne’s devotion to George Lindsey extended to the film festival, and she continues to be one of the festival’s greatest supporters and ambassadors.
Past Advisory Board Members
... (1917-2012) was a star of both film and television, and a beloved friend of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival and the University of North Alabama. He appeared in almost 200 films and television series, including the 1955 film Marty, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Borgnine appeared three times at the festival as a special guest. In 1999, Mr. Borgnine donated his collection of scripts to the script collection in the archive at the University of North Alabama.