About this project
*** JUNE UPDATE:
All of our prizes are still available!! Although we reached our Kickstarter goal -- huge thanks to everyone who contributed -- we want to humbly ask for your support to help move us forward as far as possible -- and we will continue to offer great prizes to anyone who contributes to the film.
To make donations, find out more info, or learn how to get involved -- simply shoot us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
JUST TO BE CLEAR: every dollar contributed will go directly into the completion of this film... not one dollar goes into any of the filmmakers' pockets.
Our dream is to put a beautiful, meaningful film out into the world, and we can't thank you enough for believing in the value of this project and helping to bring it to life!
--Andrew and Davy
"This film is vital. It shows how America has cannibalized itself."
- Stanley Tucci
You can learn more about the brave, resilient players and coaches of Medora High School through this absorbing New York Times article which inspired our film. CLICK HERE to read it.
(Remnants from the old Medora brick plant)
Hey there — Medora directors Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohn here. Thanks for taking the time to check out our film! We're so excited about this project and deeply appreciate that you've taken an interest. The time we spent filming in Medora was one of the most profoundly meaningful experiences of our lives. We couldn't be happier with the friendships we made and the footage we collected, and it will be a huge thrill to share the finished movie with all of you, once it's complete. We're extremely grateful for your help bringing this film to life.
Both of us have always been curious about the people we share the world with, a curiosity we've explored through our work with FOUND Magazine, This American Life, and other films we've made. Medora, Indiana could be any small town you glimpse out the window, driving down the Interstate, and wonder about: Who lives there? What are their lives like?
(Medora, IN, population 485, lies in hill country near the Kentucky border)
ABOUT THE FILM
Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive parts factory, a brick plant, and a thriving middle class. The factories have since closed, crippling Medora's economy and its pride. The population has slowly dwindled to around 500 people. Drug use is common, the school faces consolidation, and as one resident put it, “This town's on the ropes.”
Our documentary, Medora, follows the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2010 - 2011 season, capturing the players’ stories both on and off the court. The Hornets were riding a 44-game losing streak when we arrived, often playing schools ten to twenty times its size. The team’s struggle to compete bears eerie resonances with the town’s fight for survival in a country whose economy has shifted away from farming and manufacturing. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them — we like to think of it as a real-life, modern-day Hoosiers. On a grander scale, it’s a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one townsperson told us, “Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back."
(Medora, with only 13 students in its senior class, often plays schools ten to twenty times its size)
YOUR HELP MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
Our team has been working on this project for over two years, and it's been a labor of love. Until now, we've been able to fund the entire cost of production on our own, and the good news is that the whole movie has already been shot. But as we transition into the editing phase, we need your help to get us over the finish line.
You can help in a number of ways. First and foremost — by donating to this Kickstarter campaign. Your contribution will make the film's completion possible, and as thanks for your generosity, we'll hook you up with some awesome and unique prizes. Your support will go directly toward:
- Paying Our Editor
- Purchasing Hard Drives
- Music Licensing Fees
- Color/Sound Correction
- Other Post-Production Costs
(Medora's factories have closed, and farms have been flooded)
There are some other important ways you can help. The more people who are aware of our project, the better our chances of raising the necessary funds. By emailing your friends about the film, posting a link to this page on Facebook, or spreading word on Twitter, you'll be giving us crucial, valuable support. Please help us reach as many people as possible!
We hope you will join us to bring these kids' rich and powerful stories to life — and help raise awareness of the challenges facing small towns across America. Medora's courageous quest to win a single game — and the town's fight for survival — is a powerful, affecting story, and we're grateful for the opportunity to tell it. Thank you so much for joining in and becoming a part of this!
(Dilapidated horse farm, reminiscent of Medora's golden past)
If you have any questions — or want to check out more footage — feel free to contact us at: email@example.com. We'd love to hear from you!
Thanks again for all of your generous support!
(Photographs by Peter Leix)
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