Farm to Feet and Nester Hosiery featured in “The Real Mayberry” documentary


Mt. Airy, North Carolina — Nester Hosiery and its brand Farm to Feet are highlighted in a new documentary film, “The Real Mayberry.” The film explores the past, present and future of Mt. Airy, NC, the company’s and Andy Griffith's hometown and the inspiration for television’s Mayberry.


“Mt. Airy is like so many small towns around the country that has lost so many of its manufacturing, and we are proud to stand as an example that manufacturing is still viable in the US,” said Dave Petri, Nester Hosiery VP of Marketing.

The documentary explores America’s Favorite Hometown from an economic, cultural, and social perspectives through profiles of the many characters and businesses in the town.

The film was produced and directed by Mt. Airy native Bill Hayes. Bill is the founder of Figure 8 Films and Thunder Mountain Media and has produced numerous shows and documentaries including "Jon & Kate Plus 8," "Nineteen Kids and Counting," "Sister Wives" and "Salvage Dawgs."

“Small towns and rural America are an important part of our past and critical to the future of this country," said Bill. "We need to return to producing quality goods, and Nester Hosiery is a great example of that."

The Real Mayberry premiered last Saturday night in Mt. Airy’s Earle Theatre. The film is available now on Amazon and iTunes to rent or own. For more information on the film and to watch the trailer visit

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For 24 years, Figure 8 Films has been creating some of the most popular shows on television. From its ground-breaking series “The Operation” and the pop-culture phenomenon of “Jon and Kate Plus 8” to the currently airing "Sister Wives," "Counting On," "Bringing Up Bates," "Growing Up McGhee" and “Salvage Dawgs,” the goal has remained the same -- telling entertaining true stories about real people. Whether the subject is a documentary or docu-series, our goal is to connect the viewer with our characters in an emotional way, from laughter to tears, and create a relationship that lasts beyond the final frame of the program. With some of the longest-running series currently on television, we're happy to say our approach continues to be a winning formula for success. As the company slogan says: Another Day, Another Adventure!

Thunder Mountain Media is a media company delivering meaningful content via multiple platforms including film, television, internet and print. With a focus on documentary storytelling, Thunder Mountain Media captures its audience with entertaining, informative and inspiring stories from real people. The company has just released its first documentary film "The Real Mayberry." The next film, "Morgan Wootten: The Godfather of Basketball," will be coming out in early 2017. Future projects include several websites and a television channel all focusing on short segment videos on a variety of subjects.