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"McFarland, USA" Director Finds Inspiration In The San Joaquin Valley


It’s just 129 miles from the star-lined sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard to the dusty streets of McFarland, in rural Kern County. On the surface it might be hard to think of two parts of the state that could possibly be more different. But a major new motion picture featuring one of Hollywood's biggest stars has brought the two places together in an unlikely way. 

The film is called "McFarland, USA," and is based on a true story. It stars Kevin Costner as a coach who came to the poor largely Latino community of farm laborers just north of Bakersfield and helped his cross country students become legends in the world of high school athletics – eventually winning a state record 9 championships in a row. The Disney film hits screens nationwide later this month.

Director Niki Caro recently joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the film, including finding inspiration in the San Joaquin Valley's landscape, and casting Kevin Costner in the film's lead role. 

Valley Edition guest:

Niki Caro, director "McFarland, USA"


Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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