Thursday, November 13 @ 8pm - one night only
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.
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.
CRITIC'S PICK! "Extraordinarily rich. Takes up
the agonies and ironies of Southern history with remarkable empathy, wit and
"Moving Midway tells
three stories, each one worthy of a film of its own."
"Brilliantly fuses criticism and
"Tenderhearted, tough-minded, witty and wise,
Midway is moving indeed."
“ A potent meditation on our nation's past.”
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)
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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