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Documentaries at the Midway: 10/20-21

14 October 2010

The Midway Drive-In (State Route 48 in Minetto) presents a special event, a documentary double feature Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21. Two National Geographic Entertainment films will be screened: Restrepo and The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest. On October 20, Restrepo will be shown at 7:30 PM and The Wildest Dream follows at 9:10 PM. The following evening, The Wildest Dream runs first at 7:30 PM, then Restrepo.

Restrepo, a film by Sebastian Junger and Timothy Hetherington, won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film

is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, ‘Restrepo,’ named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. (from the film’s website, restrepothemovie.com)

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest was directed by Anthony Geffen and narrated by Liam Neeson.

George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest. He was last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, before the clouds rolled in and he disappeared into legend. His death stunned the world.

75 years later, climber Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s after finding his frozen body with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory’s story, Conrad Anker returns to Everest with British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding to unravel the mysteries surrounding his disappearance. (from the film’s website, thewildestdream.com)

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