New York Times that details the attempts of the southern Indiana town of Medora to keep hope alive in spite of their team's previous 0-22 season. Directors Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart embedded themselves in the town for several months and acquired hundreds of hours of footage that they edited down to 82 minutes of sheer drama that plays like a narrative feature. At one point, after a player gets kicked off the team, one of the filmmakers follows him as he lingers about town and eventually comes to rest on a playground swing and muses: "Getting on the ba..."/>
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This is not to say that athletics should be the primary focus where consolidation is concerned, and for Medora the issue cuts much deeper than levels of participation in sports. Rather, it is about individual identity in relation to community.

As one resident puts it: "When you look at a small community, and the value of a small community, the fact of everyone having that niche and a place to belong, and if they're not in that place, guess what, they're missed."

It is in this context of defending their own turf that the Medora Hornets take the court, and the stakes could not be higher as they allow the weight of the town to rest on their shoulders with a singular desire for redemption amidst collective misfortune, and what they show us with their effort is that sometimes it takes loss to reveal the true meaning of victory.

A special screening of "Medora" will take place at the Michigan Theater on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013, at 7 p.m. Filmmakers and subjects will be in attendance.    (end of article)

[Originally published in December, 2013.]


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