Terry Morrow: Greene County star Park Overall to hold 'Family' gathering

Trevor St. John, Park Overall and Chip Taylor star in 'In the Family,' opening Friday at Downtown West.

Trevor St. John, Park Overall and Chip Taylor star in "In the Family," opening Friday at Downtown West.

Actress Park Overall — who's running for a Tennessee seat in the United States Senate — is returning to her acting roots Friday.

The Greene County native, who has announced she'll oppose Bob Corker for his seat in the senate, will be featured in the independent film "In The Family," opening Friday at Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8 movie theater.

"Family"centers on the legal fight between a man whose partner has died and the late man's sister over custody of his son.

The cast includes Sebastian Brodziak, Trevor St. John, Susan Kellermann and Brian Murray.

Overall and Director Patrick Wang will headline a question-and-answer session at 6 p.m. Saturday at Downtown West, according to the theater.

"Family" has earned positive word of mouth and kudos from major critics.

"I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shop-worn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing," wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times.

"It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own."

The film was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards, the independent film world's equivalent to the Oscars.

The 55-year-old Overall's acting credits include the NBC 1990s sitcom "Empty Nest," "Reba" and "Biloxi Blues."

Mysteries

National Geographic Channel's new series "Great American Manhunt" features the work of a Lincoln Memorial University forensics expert.

Dr. Natalie Shirley of the Harrogate, Tenn., area is one of the experts whose work is employed on the series. "Manhunt" has scientists and detectives using the latest techniques and technology to solve mysteries put before them.

"Manhunt" is an eight- part series, which premiered 9 p.m. April 19.

"Working on the series was a new and challenging experience," Shirley is quoted as saying through a LMU press statement.

"It stretched my thinking and used parts of my skill set that I don't usually have to apply in daily casework. The process of figuring out the unknown targets was exciting, and sometimes we hit dead ends and had to rethink our strategy.

"In the end, I learned a lot and got to meet many interesting and brilliant people in our search for the unknowns."

Shirley also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Tennessee Anthropology Department.

Shirley is an assistant professor of anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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