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"Cranky" Indy critic Godfrey Cheshire draws raves for film

Posted by on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

More than four years ago, Indy critic Godfrey Cheshire began work on his documentary Moving Midway, a chronicle of the relocation of his ancestral Wake County home and a meditation on the changing South. The film, which opens in the Triangle this Friday, has been garnering excellent notices. Among them are:

New York Times critic A.O. Scott:

At the heart of “Moving Midway” is the desire to preserve that warm, respectful sense of tradition and continuity while at the same time looking clearly at the less noble realities of history and making some attempt to rectify them.

Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum: 

With his deep cinematic knowledge and vivid visual references, Cheshire analyzes the romantic notion of ''the plantation'' and offers a compassionate meditation on Southern race relations. 

And, our favorite, from Village Voice's Ella Taylor: 

But Cheshire—a gifted, frequently cranky New York–based film critic and, as it turns out, an equally accomplished social historian—sees way beyond the nostalgia that the move stirs in his extended family.

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