Seven TROY student films selected to air at UNA George Lindsey Film Festival

Seven films were selected as Official Sections from five students.

Seven films were selected as Official Sections from five students.

Five Troy University design students have had their films selected as Official Selections in the 2024 UNA George Lindsey Film Festival.

Reanna Thompson, Grace Kish, Nathan Hobbs, Howard Purvee and alumni Cole Patterson will all have their films featured during the 27th annual festival to be held from Feb. 29-March 2.

The Official Selections are:

  • “Day and Night,” short film, by Reanna Thompson
  • “The View,” music video, by Grace Kish
  • “Russell and Rebuilding,” documentary, by Cole Patterson
  • “Too High A Cost,” short film, by Nathan Hobbs
  • “Unseen,” short film, by Howard Purvee
  • “CAIN,” short film, by Nathan Hobbs
  • “Rest,” short film, by Nathan Hobbs

“The films selected by UNA are a great representation of both in-class student work and out-of-class personal projects, and it’s great to see students pushing their passions beyond just standard assignments,” said Associate Professor of Design Chris Stagl. “Reanna Thompson’s film, ‘Day and Night,’ was created by a group of them who wanted to compete in Sidewalk’s 48 Hour Film Race back in the spring. They didn’t receive a grade for the film—they made it because they love the creative process.”

The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is hosted each year by the University of North Alabama. The festival was founded by celebrated entertainer George Lindsey, along with now-deceased communications professor Bobby Hurt and retired Office of Communications Director Bill Jarnigain.

George Lindsey is well known for his role of Goober Pyle on the “Andy Griffith Show” and many other credits in television, including episodes of “Hee Haw,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “Gunsmoke,” “M*A*S*H,” and as the host of Turner South’s Emmy award-winning “Liars & Legends.” 

“These films took a lot of time and effort to complete, and every laurel makes it that much more worth it,” Hobbs said. “George Lindsey is especially exciting because it’s a local Alabama festival, which is really cool, and I’ve also got some friends up there involved in this festival. I’m super proud of all of these films and the team that helped me do what I’ve always wanted.”

Patterson, whose documentary ties into Alabama history, said it’s a great feeling to see so many people engaged with something he’s created.

 “It never stops being rewarding to see our work recognized like this,” Purvee added.