The Real Mayberry - The Documentary Film

Praise for the Film

Remember the classic television show The Andy Griffith Show? Who doesn’t want to know more about Andy Griffith’s hometown? Mount Airy, North Carolina is the place where Andy Griffith grew up, and in many ways, it is the real-life Mayberry.

Filmmaker and Mount Airy native Bill Hayes explores the real characters that make up his hometown and the challenges it faces moving forward. The Real Mayberry is an exploration of how small town America can survive and keep its heart and soul. It compares life in Mount Airy with clips from The Andy Griffith Show.

“What a great film – a love letter to small town America,” stated Eileen O’Neill, former General Manager of TLC and Discovery Networks, upon seeing the film.

After the December premiere at the historic Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy, David L. Rowe, Mount Airy Mayor, stated in a letter: “Your production has inspired me to work harder at the mayor’s role and I believe others will feel the same way. We will be better because of your good work.”

Bill Hayes, founder of Figure 8 Films and Thunder Mountain Media, has produced over 900 television shows for TLC, Discovery Networks, UPtv, DIY, and other networks. His love of rural small town America led him to make this film.

The film is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.