Monday, November 26, 2007

Nimrod nation

The laptop is the hot water bottle of the new century. I'm cursed with some kind of bronchial distress that's been getting me up in the middle of the night coughing.

But last night I was blessed to find that iTunes was offering the premiere episode of Nimord Nation, a documentary series by Brett Morgan. The backstory has Morgan, who traveled to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to do a comedy commercial for ESPN, discovering that he really liked the town of Watersmeet, and its people, and the high school basketball team with the nickname, Nimrods. So he decided to do this series.

It's beautifully shot, edited and paced. Not your run-of-the-mill "reality" show, but a series that's as close to reality as you can come when you shove a camera and mic in someone's face.

It debuts tonight on the Sundance network, and is available for downloading on iTunes.

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