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Screening: MEDORA with Director Davy Rothbart

California Film Institute

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Screening: MEDORA with Director Davy Rothbart

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Medora Screening (evening)
This is a member screening for CFI Members
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 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: 

    Davy Rothbart 

(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 Mont
ana, 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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Due to limited theater capacity, not all members are invited to all screenings. Seating is first-come, first-served and never guaranteed.

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When & Where

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

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