CFI Membership would like you and your guest to join us at a special screening of
with co-director Davy Rothbart
Q & A immediately following the film with:
(Director/Producer) is the creator and editor of FOUND Magazine, author of My Heart is an Idiot, a book of personal essays, and The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas, a collection of stories, and a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life. Rothbart’s work also appears in GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Grantland. He's directed two documentaries about the punk rock band Rise Against, videos for Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project, and two other documentaries now in post-production. In 2010, the film Easier With Practice, adapted from one of his GQ articles, and starring Brian Geraghty (Flight, The Hurt Locker) as Davy, won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
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DIRECTOR: Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohn
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
ACCOLADES: Official selection at 2013 SXSW
"Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart deliver a bleakly potent portrait of life in an economically devastated Middle American town."-- Variety
SYNOPSIS: Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive parts factory, a brick plant, and a thriving middle class. The factories have since closed, crippling Medora's economy and its pride. The population has slowly dwindled to around 500 people. Drug use is common, the school faces consolidation, and as one resident put it, “This town's on the ropes.”
Medora follows the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing the players’ stories both on and off the court. The Hornets were riding a brutal losing streak when we arrived, and the team’s struggle to compete bears eerie resonances with the town’s fight for survival.
Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it’s a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, “Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back."
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