Moving Midway
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At Christmas 2003, New York-based film critic Godfrey Cheshire is visiting his family in North Carolina when his cousin Charlie Silver tells him something startling. Charlie inherited Midway Plantation, the ancestral home of his and Cheshire's extended family, and has been its devoted caretaker. But now Charlie and his wife Dena have made a decision: They want to move Midway - the antebellum manor house and several outbuildings - to a new location to escape Raleigh's encroaching sprawl.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"In its 98 minutes, film critic Godfrey Cheshire's documentary Moving Midway records an amazing architectural feat, and that's the least of its virtues."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"Moving Midway tells three stories, each one worthy of a film of its own."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Godfrey Cheshire, a highly acclaimed film critic, uses his cinematic smarts and sensibility to good effect in "Moving Midway," his documentary about the relocation of his ancestral home, an antebellum N.C. plantation named Midway."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"The details behind the actual move are the least interesting part of the film; far more compelling is the "history" of slavery as presented through a polished Hollywood veneer."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Moving Midway isn't a simple-minded brotherhood-of-man tract. The film is spiked with artfully edited excerpts from some of the movies that have shaped American racial attitudes over the years."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"Quirky yet thoughtful."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Southern myths rise up, then drop like flies in the enthralling documentary Moving Midway, and all because director Godfrey Cheshire's cousin is moving house. Literally."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"It is more successful as a study of Dixie social sciences than as a family video diary."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The myth of the Southern plantation incorporates and carries on visions of destiny and history, industry and identity."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"The film offers a probing and patient analyses of converging social movements related to everything from the nomination of the country's first black President to how people relate their family's history."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"What begins as a leave-taking turns into a homecoming that reflects the mixed-race society of the modern south."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"The whole idea of foundation -- as it applies to family, history, and an actual, stately American house -- receives a thoughtful inspection in Moving Midway, the graceful nonfiction film from Godfrey Cheshire."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The move is something to behold."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Cheshire deftly interweaves different interpretations of the antebellum South, through architecture, family memories (black and white), history, and popular culture."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"An admirable examination of one family's belated attempt to come to grips with, if not atone for, its role in America's original sin."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
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