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Family Tragedy Is the Focus of Several Film Festival Selections

Feb. 28, 2011

FLORENCE, Ala. – Four films screening at this year’s George Lindsey UNA Film Festival explore the theme of family tragedy.

Matt Irvine’s “Scott’s Dead” follows the story of two brothers reuniting under difficult circumstances. Starring Jasper, Ala., native Michael Rooker (“Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” “Slither,” “Walking Dead”), the film is a product of DePaul University’s Project Bluelight, created to give students the opportunity to work with industry professionals.

“Atrophy,” by director Derek Carter, also examines a reunion, one between a father who embraces his solitude and his estranged son, who appears looking for “absolution from tragedy.” “Atrophy” was made as Carter’s graduate thesis project for the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Both “Controlled Burn” and “The Desperate” examine the difficult choices family members must make to protect the ones they love. In Dan Van Wert’s “Controlled Burn,” a wife whose husband suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease must make a decision about his right to die. Iranian-born director Ben Hur Sepehr’s “The Desperate” tells the story of a Nazi general who must turn to a condemned Jewish doctor to save his son. Awarded Best Short Film at the Hollywood Film Festival, “The Desperate” was made through Sepehr’s non-profit organization, Tolerance Through Knowledge, a film company to make short films, feature films, documentaries and educational films with a purpose.

All George Lindsey UNA Film Festival screenings will be at the Zodiac Theatre, 416 N. Court Street in Florence. Screenings are free and open to the public.

The 14th annual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival will be March 3-5. It is one of the few film festivals hosted by a university. The event was founded in 1998 in part by UNA alumnus and celebrated actor and entertainer George Lindsey. Lindsey’s own film career has included several important roles, including the character Goober Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show.”

For more information on the 2011 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, visit, or contact the film festival staff at or 256-765-4592.