a film by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart
Film and Q&A with Frazier O'Leary
Frazier O’Leary teaches at Cardozo High School and has been an English Teacher in DCPS for over 40 years. He also coaches the baseball team. Frazier has been an Adjunct Professor of English at The University of the District of Columbia for more than 30 years. He is a consultant with the College Board and a Table leader for the AP English Literature Exam. He is president of the Board of Directors for PEN/Faulkner Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Toni Morrison Society, the Treasurer of The School Club (an educational advocacy group), and a member of DC’s Coaches’ Hall of Fame. He loves his family, teaching, literature, and baseball in that order. Read more in Washington Post: Baseball at Cardozo, The Big Read: Ernest J. Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying"
ABOUT: Medora, follows the down-but-not-out Medora (Indiana) Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of a season, capturing their stories both on and off the court. Riding a brutal losing streak when the film begins, the team’s struggle to compete bears eerie resemblance to the town’s fight for survival. An in-depth, deeply personal look at small town life, Medora is also a thrilling, underdog basketball story and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. While the film follows this particular team in this particular place, ultimately Medora is a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one resident observes, “Once we lose these small towns, we can’t get them back.” Directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, Medora premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:00-11:30 PM ET on PBS (check local listings).
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