|Davy Rothbart's new film Medora has been called the best basketball documentary since Hoop Dreams.|
|We could imagine ourselves telling this story and moving to|
Medora for eight months or a year - Davy Rothbart
Davy Rothbart: We (co-director and co-producer Andy Cohn) love basketball—we’re basketball nuts. We met on a basketball court at Bryant School in Ann Arbor and we’re documentary junkies—like Hoops Dreams and Dark Days. I read the article and saw potential there. We drove to Medora the next day to check it out and see what it was all about. We met coaches and players, watched practice and walked around the town. There was this eerie stillness. We went to lone bar called the Perry Street Tavern and we were just like, wow. We could imagine ourselves telling this story and moving to Medora for eight months or a year.
There was an immediate openness from the town and we had a two-hour talk with the coaches, listening to stories about the team and the players. It was a great setup for an amazing story. The team is trying to get one single win, so every game has the drama and intensity of a championship game.
|The team is trying to get one single win, so every game has|
the drama and intensity of a championship game.
|"I’ve ridden in the back of a cop car but never up front."|
RR: How did this experience differ from your other film projects?
|Learn more about the film at MedoraFilm.com|
Medora makes its Michigan debut on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Michigan Theater. Rothbart and Cohn, along with a number of subjects from the film, will be on hand for a Q&A session following the film. Medora is also streaming on iTunes, Vimeo and VUDU.