Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart USA / 2013 / 82 minutes New York Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart
In a small town that seems to have been forgotten, directors Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart explore the convoluted lives of the Medora Hornets varsity basketball team. The dynamic of the run down, struggling town of Medora, Indiana directly reflects the disadvantage that their high school basketball team faces each year. The Hornets, a small force stemming from a school of only 72 students, often find themselves competing against consolidated schools up to twenty times their size.
A once flourishing community teeming with employment opportunities, the termination of surrounding factories and the flooding of farms has stripped Medora of almost all-economic value. The film provides insight into the broken, conflicted homes that pervade the dwindling town and the eminent death of small-town America. The intimate relationship that forms between the players and the audience creates a moving and exciting documentary as we follow Medora's bittersweet basketball season as they look to create their own Hoosier dreams. –Nina Gioia
Andrew Cohn is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. He is the creator and co-producer of the off-Broadway play FOUND: People Find Stuff. Now It’s a Show. In 2009, Cohn wrote and directed the documentary-short Dynamic Tom, which was featured on McSweeney’s Wholphin No. 12 DVD of short films. His short film Chile Road is due out next year.
Davy Rothbart 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 as Davy, won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
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