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Medora - Community Cinema

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Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana
Apr 1, 2014   7:00 pm  
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Come to our free screening and discussion of issues raised by a docutmentary about the down-but-not-out Medora, Ind., Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing their stories both on and off the court.

In Indiana, where communities love their high school basketball, what happens when a beloved team can no longer win a single game? Riding a brutal losing streak when the film begins, the team struggles to compete, bearing an eerie resemblance to the town as it fights for survival. An in-depth, deeply personal look at small town life, Medora is also a thrilling, underdog basketball story and inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them.

Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart traveled to the tiny town near Bloomington, Ind., after reading a 2009 New York Times story about the struggles of the basketball team.

The next fall, with the blessing of Medora High School and the local community, Cohn and Rothbart began to document a year in the life of some of the players and coaches.

The Hornets’ three coaches are all volunteers who hold down full-time jobs. Rusty Rogers, the six-foot, five-inch center, is virtually homeless due to his mother’s problems with alcohol, and lives with point guard Zach Fish in public housing. Shooting guard Dylan McSoley wonders whether he should reach out to his dad, a man he’s never met who lives in a nearby town. Robby Armstrong, a farmer’s son, wants to be the first in his family to complete high school, while Chaz Cowles, arrested on a gun charge, does his best to stay out of trouble with the law.


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