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 "Movers & Stakers" Review 
CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY
Nancy Carlson
MPAA RATING
NR
RUNNING TIME
57 Mins.
DISTRIBUTED BY
National Scenic Byways Program/
Ball State University
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Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson in 1806 as the first "national road," most Hoosiers take for granted our statewide stretch of a road that is alternately known as U.S. 40, National Road and, in Indianapolis, Washington Street. The nation's first federally funded interstate highway, National Road makes for a beautiful 156-mile trek through the state of Indiana essentially from Terre Haute to Richmond, Indiana.

Movers & Stakers, directed by Ball State University Professor Nancy Carlson, follows Indiana's stretch of National Road and, in the course of the film's 57-minute run time, tells the story of 13 people and places that one might discover along the road.

Movers & Stakers has the look and feel of a public television documentary, not necessarily a concern because it IS a public television documentary that happens to have been co-sponsored by the Scenic Byways Program of the Federal Highway Administration. A recent official selection of the Indianapolis International Film Festival, the film is now headed for the Louisville International Film Festival.

While Movers & Stakers certainly isn't life changing or a groundbreaking documentary, it is a well made and interesting film that gives further credibility to Ball State University's burgeoning film department and will prove popular among those who wax nostalgic about Indiana history or simply have a fascination with Hoosier history and hotspots.

© Written by Richard Propes
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