A down-but-not-out varsity basketball team in a community beset by a crippled economy struggles to compete while the town fights for survival.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
March 31, 2014
90 minutes
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    2014 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting
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    Andrew Cohn

    Andrew Cohn is a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. His first feature-length film Medora premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and aired on Independent Lens in 2014. He is also the creator and producer of the off-Broadway play FOUND: People Find Stuff. Now It’s a Show. In 2009, he directed the documentary-short Dynamic Tom which was featured on McSweeney's Wholphin No. 12 DVD of short films. He has directed material for Comedy Central, Fuse and most recently, ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series.

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    Davy Rothbart

    Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio's This American Life, and the author of a book of personal essays, My Heart Is An Idiot, and a collection of stories, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ Magazine and, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. He co-directed the music documentary Rise Against: Generation Lost. Rothbart is also the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual hiking adventure for inner-city kids. He lives between Los Angeles, California and his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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    The Film

    A once-booming rural community with a thriving middle class has seen its factories and farms close as the population dwindles. A deeply personal look at small-town life, Medora follows a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as its struggles to compete parallel the town’s own fight for survival.