Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohen 2013
Documentary Feature

Wednesday Nov 6, 2013

Angel Orensanz Foundation
Indoors at the Angel Orensanz Foundation
Lower East Side
172 Norfolk St New York, NY 10002
F train to 2nd Avenue.

6:30PMDoors open and reception
7:00PMLive music by Lapland
7:30PMMedora begins
9:00PMQ and A with Davy Rothbart, Andrew Cohen and Steve Buscemi


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Piper Heidsieck
General Admission Tickets Sold Out. Limited Capacity.

Medora (Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohen | 82 min.)

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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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