University of North Alabama Office of University Relations William M. Jarnigan, Director Tel. 205 765-4225 Fax. 205 765-4812 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org December 17, 1997 UNA ANNOUNCES GEORGE LINDSEY TV & FILM FESTIVAL FOR APRIL 1998 For release: Immediately FLORENCE, Ala. - Entertainer George Lindsey, University Of North Alabama President Robert L. Potts and UNA assistant professor of journalism Bobbie Hurt announced today the George Lindsey Television and Film Festival, which will feature Tuscaloosa native Tom Cherones, the director of the NBC show News Radio, as the keynote speaker during the April 10-11, 1998 event. The festival, supported with a grant from Huntsville, Alabama, businessman Woody Anderson and sponsored by UNA and the UNA Department of Communications and Theater, will also feature professional and student competitions nationally in various forms of film and video work. Lindsey, a UNA graduate who also holds a honorary doctor's degree from the institution, said he wants the festival to be a tool for education, particularly for Alabama high school and collage students. Besides highlighting Lindsey's work in such films as Ensign Pulver, Robin Hood, The Aristocats, Take This Job And Shove It, Snowball Express, Cannonball Run II, and television shows 1ike a Danny Thomas special, Alfred Hitchcock Present, The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw, The festival will have workshops, an awards gala and screenings of the winning entries. "I hope we find a lot of new Billy Bob Thorntons with this festival. There is a lot of undiscovered talent out there and I hope this will be a platform for them to show what they can do and then go on to Hollywood. I am proud to be a part Of it," Dr. Lindsey said. Cherones, who has won numerous industry awards including an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Peabody, has directed News Radio since 1996. He has previously directed and/or produced Caroline in the City, Boston Commons, Ellen, Seinfeld, Growing Pains, Two of Hearts, Portrait of the Hero as a Young Man, American Odyssey and numerous other shows. He was production manager of Welcome Back Kotter Cherones, a University of Alabama masters alumnus, said, "I look forward to attending the film festival and speaking at the luncheon. I recently worked with George Lindsey in Los Angeles and, of course, he is a lot of fun and a real professional." Pres. Potts said, "We are delighted this film festival will highlight George Lindsey's creative endeavors, and those other creative individuals who submit entries in the competition. Our people are working hard to make this event a real success. Hurt said, "The film and video Competition is a vital aspect of the George Lindsey Television and Film Festival. A judging committee will select the best works submitted for screening during the festival. The final winners will be chosen from separate professional and student categories for full length narrative, short narrative, short documentary and music video completed during 1996 and 1997." The Golden Lion Award will be presented to the first place entries in each category at a Friday night gala on April 10, 1998. Professional entries must be postmarked by February 1, 1998, while student submissions must be postmarked by February 28, 1998. The entry fees will be $25 for professional entrants and $15 for students. ***NOTICE*** Submission deadline has been EXTENDED due to the short announcment time. If you have an entry, mail it (them) to: UNA George Lindsey Television & Film Festival UNA Box 5151 Florence, AL 35632-0001 Phone the number given at the top of this announcement for more information.