We have a very quaint idea of the “small town” here in America. They're these magical places where nothing much happens, but everyone is amicable and everybody knows everybody else's name. I've never lived in a small town, so I can't personally vouch for the general accuracy of the depiction we often get in movies and television shows. There is another trait often attributed to small towns, and this is something that almost has a film genre all its own: that a small town's sports team (usually high school) is of the utmost interest and importance. Two years ago, the film Undefeated won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It's an almost romantic idea: a small town with not much going for it besides this one thing, and the struggle to make it absolutely great.
This Sunday, Baxter Avenue Theaters presents a special one-time screening of another such story: the documentary Medora. Medora is a small town in Indiana which used to thrive but has since taken a serious downturn. The film follows the members of the local high school basketball team, the Hornets, who have trouble winning a single game. The film promises to be a portrait of these boys as they live their lives and try to make something meaningful out of them, despite all the incredible odds against them.
The film will screen at Baxter Avenue Theaters on Sunday, December 8, at 7:00 – and filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart will be in attendance. The theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road. Further theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the Baxter Avenue Theater website.
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