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The 45365 Documentary

by Brian Fichtner in Culture on 03 August 2009

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A Grand Jury Award winner at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, "45365" documents daily life in rural middle America. Brothers Turner and Bill Ross, both natives of Sidney, Ohio (the town bearing the eponymous postal code), filmed over the course of nine months, chronicling the activities and relationships of a variety of town residents.

Presented from the perspective of a passive, patient observer, the classic vérité style offers viewers the opportunity to form their own impressions of the community. From high school football and trick-or-treating to an election campaign and the county fair, 45365's images will resonate with anyone familiar with the Midwest or life in any small town, for that matter.

Running through 6 August 2008, SnagFilms is screening "45365" online as part of its Summerfest Film Series. Check out the trailer below below.

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