How to see the movie Mayberry Man inspired by the Andy Griffith Show in Indiana

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Mayberry man, today’s feature film inspired byThe Andy Griffith Show“is complete and is ready to roll out to screens big and small across the country. Created by and for fans of the iconic 1960s series, it delves into the 21st century world of Mayberry festivals across the country. story of how one affects the fictional snobby son of a former actor “Andy Griffith”.

In addition to Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina, a significant amount of filming took place in central Indiana, which put the film in the heart of the Hoosiers. Its family atmosphere is compounded by the producers’ invitation to fans to be a part of the making of the film. Crowdfunding efforts brought in over $ 200,000 out of the film’s overall budget. Many contributed to a Kickstarter campaign that saw them star in small roles in “Mayberry Man”. Others simply showed up on shoots and became extras.

“Mayberry man”: How the movie nods to “Andy Griffith Show” without copying the 1960s series

“Mayberry Man” premiered publicly on September 5th at the Royal Theater in Danville. Now he’s making his way to Mount Airy and theaters nationwide as fans make locate requests. The film will also be at the Heartland International Film Festival in Indianapolis and via a streaming service. Here are more details on what it is, how you can see it and who is playing it.

The story behind the film

Writer and director Stark Howell conceived the plot when he went to sign autographs at Mayberry festivals in 2018. His father, Hoke Howell, had played PFC Dudley A. “Dud” Wash in two episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show “. He and his brother Cort Howell started the Kickstarter campaign to help fund what would be called “Mayberry Man”.

Instead of recreating “The Andy Griffith Show,” the film crew decided to move the story forward. Fictional movie star Chris Stone is caught speeding and ordered to attend the fictional Mayberry Fest to represent his father, who starred in the series. Once there, Stone is surrounded by tribute artists who play famous people like MP Barney Fife and barber Floyd Lawson, a site common to the annual Mayberry Festivals in real life. A host of other comedic actors – like Stone’s assistant Shane, driver Doug and dueling documentary makers – test the actor’s patience as he struggles to change his mind. attitude and determine what to do next.

Filming for “Mayberry Man” began over Labor Day weekend in 2020.

How to watch ‘Mayberry Man’

At the Heartland International Film Festival: The film will be screened online and in person at the Indianapolis Film Festival.

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In theaters: Producers are booking theaters across the country based on people’s demands. They can request that the film go to a cinema near their home by filling out a form on help filmmakers identify potential markets.

Upcoming theatrical performances in and around central Indiana include:

  • October 1-7 at Gibson Theater in Batesville
  • October 17 at the Historic Artcraft Theater in Franklin
  • October 21-28 at the Yes Cinema in Columbus

More dates and theaters will be announced at

Buy or rent: Going through Amazon Video, with rentals starting October 1.

On DVD: Buy it via October 1st. Fans can pre-order it now.

Where the movie was shot

The film is set in the fictional Mayberry, North Carolina, where “The Andy Griffith Show” was also based. Actually for “Mayberry Man” it’s a mix of a few places including Danville and Mount Airy, NC

The latter is Griffith’s hometown and inspiration for Mayberry, which is celebrated annually with the Mayberry Days festival. Scenes shot at Mount Airy include the famous Loaded Goat pub and grill as well as Wally’s Service Station, with its Mayberry courthouse and prison replica.

Thanks to Mayberry Cafe and the annual Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, Danville had already established the “Andy Griffith” fandom that the film was able to exploit. It also looked part of the game with its classic courthouse and shops nearby. The film had to delay filming in 2020 due to the pandemic and canceled the May festival, but fans still stepped out when filming began on Labor Day weekend last year.

Indianapolis makes appearances with two of its finest historic homes. The exterior of the former governor’s residence in Meridian Kessler has become Chris Stone’s Hollywood mansion. The interior scenes took place inside the Parry Mansion in Golden Hill. Scenes with a movie studio backlot take place at Conner Prairie in Fishers.

A focal point of the plot occurs to the story Mayberry Trading Post in Meadows of Dan, Virginia, which has The Griffith Family Ties. The title sequence was shot in Los Angeles.

Who plays in it

A group of “Andy Griffith Show” tribute artists, several of whom have performed at Mayberry festivals for years, are characters on the show. Main character Chris Stone’s movie star is played by Brett Varvel, who lives in Plainfield.

Other roles include:

  • Allan Newsome as a tribute artist to Floyd Lawson
  • Rik Roberts as a tribute artist to Barney Fife
  • Jakob Winter: Stone Shane’s assistant
  • Ashley Elaine as Kate, event planner for Mayberry Fest
  • Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, as herself
  • Kenneth Junkin as Otis Campbell Tribute Artist
  • Chris Bauman as Gomer Pyle Tribute Artist
  • Joel Alvarado as Goober Pyle Tribute Artist
  • Camby’s Dixie the Praying Dog, known for her role in Amazon Prime’s “The Pack”, as Stone’s bitch Lucy.

Stark Howell is the writer and director. Cort Howell, who lives in Westfield, and Gregory Schell, who is the son of “Gomer Pyle: USMC” actor Ronnie Schell, are on the production crew. Executive producers include Griffith’s daughter, Dixie Griffith.

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