45365

I want to see this.

45365 (pronounced: four, five, three, six, five) explores the congruities of daily life in an American town Sidney, Ohio. Through a patient and inquisitive look at the lives and landscapes that make up this community of 20,000 people, it captures the complexities and ambiguities of their shared experience. Conclusions are left to the audience as the component characters speak and act for themselves, as themselves. These storylines eventually coalesce into a mosaic of faces, places, and events. It is an inquiring look at everyday life in middle America.

You may not have any interest in this, but this is a blog about what I like, not anyone else. I realize middle-America isn’t really hip, trendy, cool or being peddled at Urban Outfitters, but for whatever reason it intrigues me. I wasn’t raised with a silver spoon in my mouth or in the hood but more middle-class, so maybe that is what attracts me. But I think more than that is not how middle-class it is, but Mid-West. Maybe it is similar to my affinity for the culture of poverty in the rural south, but whatever it is, I am drawn to it.

Apparently 45364 premiered at SXSW Film Festival last year where it won the Grand Jury Prize has also won the Roger and Chaz Ebert Truer than Fiction award at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. It was picked up by PBS’ Independent Lens series. It premiere’s tomorrow night, December 14th, on PBS.

Here’s some clips that PBS posted:

And some B-roll:

(Sidenote: isn’t this the second blogpost in about a week zip code related? Odd…)