Medora Free Screening/Talkback

Medora Free Screening/Talkback

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a film that looks at a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as it struggles to compete parallel the town's own fight for survival.

WXXI's Community Cinema series is pleased to present Medora, followed by a group discussion, on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Little Theatre. 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 it struggles to compete parallel the town's own fight for survival.

Panelists for the group discussion include:

Jack Leasure is Head Basketball Coach and Program Development Coordinator at McQuaid Jesuit High School. He is also the owner of Jack Leasure Shooting and Skills Camp in Rochester and serves as camp director and private instructor ( A 2004 graduate of McQuaid, Jack attended Coastal Carolina Univeristy -- where he was a four-year starter for the university's Men’s Basketball NCAA, Division 1 Big South Conference.

Tom Richards most recently served as the Mayor of the City of Rochester from March, 2011 until December, 2013.  He began his service to the City in January, 2006 as the Corporation Counsel. Before joining the City, he was the volunteer founding Chairman of the Greater Rochester Enterprise, a public/private partnership dedicated to the economic development of the Rochester region. From 1998 until 2002, he was the chairman, president and chief executive officer of RGS Energy Group, the parent company of Rochester Gas & Electric. Prior to joining RG&E, Tom was a partner in the Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody) law firm.  

Tom has been involved in a number of charitable and community organizations and is currently serving on the boards of Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, University of Rochester Medical Center, Greater Rochester Health Foundation, Volunteer Legal Services Program and as a Trustee of the Seneca Waterways Boy Scout Council.  He also serves on the Board of the Canandaigua National Bank.

Jack Garner, retired chief Gannett film critic and current Democrat and Chronicle columnist, is also author of From My Seat on the Aisle: Movies and Memories. Jack joined the Rochester Times-Union in 1970, where he was a rewrite man on the city desk, and during that time was part of the team that won a pulitzer prize for coverage of the attica prison rebellion. Jack moved to the D&C in 1977, serving as its movie critic -- and in 1987 he was appointed Gannett News Services’ Chief Film Critic. 

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WXXI's Community Cinema series features films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. The screenings, held at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY), will be followed by lively panel discussions to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. These events are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required.

Community Cinema is presented by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.