"Movers & Stakers: Stories Along the Indiana National Road" documentary review 

An engaging hour-long documentary featuring 13 main stories of people and places with century-old, continuing and new-ish connections to the National Road along its east-west route from Richmond to Terre Haute. Movers & Stakers reveals some "secrets," brings together seemingly unrelated "facts" and vividly entertains. It's a story-trip across the counties of Wayne, Henry, Hancock, Marion, Hendricks, Putnam, Clay and Vigo awash with visual prompts. At the Irving Theatre showing on April 27, the Golden Ace Inn segment got the loudest applause. Established in 1934 at 2533 E. Washington St., it remains a McGinley family passion and a neighborhood mainstay. Perhaps most touching is the Ross Lockeridge Jr. connection with Henry County as the prototype for his novel, Raintree County. Ross Lockeridge III comments on how sad it is that most people -- particularly critics and Hollywood filmmakers -- missed the novel's "complex and metaphorical connections with the National Road." Also featured are the Dreiser/Dresser family, the Holman brothers and Overbeck sisters, and James Whitcomb Riley. You'll hear about Gennett firsts and the enduring impact of Clabber Girl, Huddleston Farm House, Lantz House and Rising Hall Estate and much more. Airings will be on public television.

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Rita Kohn has been covering craft beer and the arts for NUVO for two decades. She’s the author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana.

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