Film Critic takes the director's
chair in Moving Midway
By Allan Maurer
[Moving Midway is making the rounds. We've encountered
it since this review was written at the Virginia Film Festival
in Charlottesville, and the Asheville Film Festival. Haven't had
the pleasure of running into Cheshire again though.]
Note: First Run Films recently picked up Moving
Midway for a national run.
Cheshire's "Moving Midway," documents the hoisting of his
ancestral family Plantation mansion in Knightsdale, North Carolina
onto dollies for transport to a new location away from shopping
malls and urban sprawl encroaching on it.
it's much more than that.
the right: Midway Mansion's Plantation House)
documentary examines Cheshire's personal Southern family drama-a
venerable literary genre that not infrequently finds its way onto
film-but also the way it connects to larger issues ranging from
slavery and racism to the movie mythology surrounding the Antebellum
Plantation South. Although the film premiered at this year's Full
Frame documentary festival in Durham in April, we saw it at the
Charlotte Film Festival in September with Raleigh native Cheshire
(Photo above from "Perils of Nude Modeling," an entertaining
ten-minute film, which we first saw at the Riverrun Film Festival
in Winston-Salem, now on AOL's moviefone.com and the International
Student Film Festival DVD.)
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