Thursday, November 13 @ 8pm - one night only

Moving Midway

The national release of the documentary, MOVING MIDWAY (First Run Features), Godfrey Cheshire's richly observed film about his family's Southern plantation and the colossal feat of moving it to escape urban sprawl, will premiere at the Avalon on Thursday, November 13 at 8pm.

Moving Midway
Presented by
Avalon In Focus

Tickets: $12 / Avalon Members: $10
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Director/co-star Godfrey Cheshire and film participant Robert Hinton, Associate Director of Africana Studies at New York University and film co-star, will attend a post-screening discussion immediately after the screening.

Find out more about the film and watch the trailer!

CRITIC'S PICK! "Extraordinarily rich. Takes up the agonies and ironies of Southern history with remarkable empathy, wit and learning."
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Moving Midway tells three stories, each one worthy of a film of its own."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Brilliantly fuses criticism and storytelling."
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"Tenderhearted, tough-minded, witty and wise, Midway is moving indeed."
-Nathan Lee, The Village Voice

“ A potent meditation on our nation's past.”
- Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News

Moving Midway

Godfrey Cheshire's richly observed film about his family's Southern plantation - and the colossal feat of moving it to escape urban sprawl - is a thoughtful and witty look at the lingering remnants and still-powerful mythology of plantation culture and the antebellum South. An award-winning film critic turned film maker, Cheshire uses the relocation of his family's North Carolina plantation house to embark on a surprising and multi-layered journey. While observing the elaborate, arcane preparations for moving a centuries-old house over fields and a rock quarry, unexpected human drama - from both the living and the dead - emerges. And a chance encounter leads Cheshire and his cousins to discover a previously unknown African American branch of the family (who have their own take on Midway and its legacy). Through the use of movies and music, and by turning the camera on himself and his family, Cheshire examines the Southern plantation in American history and culture, and how the racial legacy from the past continues into the present. (Godfrey Cheshire, 2008, 98 min, NR)

Moving Midway

Godfrey Cheshire (Writer, Director, Producer) is a film critic, journalist and filmmaker based in New York City. A native of North Carolina, he co-founded Raleigh’s Spectator Magazine and began writing film criticism professionally in 1978. After moving to New York in 1991, he served for a decade as chief film critic for New York Press; his writings have also appeared in The New York Times, Variety, Film Comment, The Village Voice, Interview, Cineaste and other publications. His reviews currently appear in North Carolina’s Independent Weekly, where they have won three Arts Criticism awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Cheshire’s areas of special interest include Iranian film, the conversion to digital cinema and cinematic representations of the American South. He is a former chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Moving Midway

Robert Hinton (Chief Historian and Associate Producer) is Associate Director of Africana Studies at New York University. Born in Raleigh, N.C., in 1941, he grew up in the city's historically black Chavis Heights district. In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. in American History from Yale University. For his dissertation, Cotton Culture on the Tar River (published by Garland as The Politics of Agricultural Labor), he devoted extensive research to the plantation culture of central North Carolina and plantation-owning families including the Hintons; he believes that his grandfather, Dempsey Hinton, was born a slave at Midway Plantation around 1860. Dr. Hinton, who supervised all historical research for Moving Midway, lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the artist and choreographer Annie Sailer, and his daughter Phoebe.

Avalon In Focus - In keeping with the nonprofit mission of bringing the best of film to DC, the Avalon Theatre Project launches a new series consisting of single-night premieres of powerful documentaries and independent films. This is an opportunity for DC audiences to see unique and meaningful films on the big screen which they might otherwise miss. Many of the events will be in partnership with other local or national organizations and/or filmmakers. Diverse in subject, In Focus events will feature post-screening discussions or performances allowing the audience to explore the process of filmmaking and film themes in greater depth.

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