Davy Rothbart : biography
From late 2010 to spring of 2012, Rothbart filmed a documentary called Medora, which follows a resilient high-school basketball team in the small, struggling town of Medora, Indiana. Co-directors Rothbart and Andrew Cohn, during an appearance on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, indicated that their film will debut in 2013. The documentary is being produced by Beachside Films and Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, and Wren Arthur of Olive Productions, among others.
Rothbart is also the subject of a documentary, directed by David Meiklejohn, called My Heart Is An Idiot, which premiered in April 2011, and screened in twenty U.S. cities that spring.
In September 2012, Rothbart’s book of personal essays, My Heart Is An Idiot, was released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book, which details Rothbart’s lost loves and longtime life on the road, quickly garnered widespread praise, including positive reviews from The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review, among many others. Upon the book’s publication, Rothbart began a massive 79-city North American tour, and was profiled in The New York Times. My Heart Is An Idiot was named one of the Best Books of 2012 by NPR’s Morning Edition, Amazon.com, Vanity Fair, and The Huffington Post. The paperback version is due to be released by Picador in September 2013.
Rothbart is the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual hiking adventure which brings inner-city kids from Washington, D.C. and Southeast Michigan to New Hampshire for a climb to the top of Mt. Washington. He directs the Found Magazine Prison Pen-Pal Program, connecting Found readers on the outside with those behind bars, and is also active with the youth writing programs 826 National, 826michigan, and 826LA.
A graduate of the alternative Community High School and the University of Michigan, Rothbart lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Los Angeles, California.