December 10, 2013
This Thursday, Dec. 12th, Medora, a film featuring cinematography by MFA candidate Peter Leix, will be showing at Michigan theater at 7pm.
There will be a Q&A afterwards with the makers of the award-winning documentary.
Directors Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart (familiar to “This American Life” fans as the publisher of Found Magazine) visited Medora, Ind., over the course of the 2010-11 basketball season, during which its tiny high school of 72 students competed against teams from consolidated schools 10 times its size. As the film opens, Medora is dead last in the standings and the team’s first-year coach is delivering a withering locker-room speech to a group of dejected players. The filmmakers zero in on a few, to reveal teenagers struggling not just on the hardwood, but against unemployment, poverty, absent or troubled parents and a 21st century America that seems to have left them behind.