Midwest Scores Sundance Upset
January 31, 2014 by Mike McNamara
In the biggest upset of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the Midwest-made documentary RICH HILL brought home the coveted Grand Jury Prize for Best US Documentary. In an extremely competitive category with several high-profile films (including the tremendous Katie Couric-produced doc on the childhood obesity epidemic, FED UP), and without any "star power" to speak of, this insightful Midwest film simply won over the jury with good old fashioned honest filmmaking.
RICH HILL is a modern American tale about three young boys from Rich Hill, Missouri. It is a coming-of-age story that follows these teens as they deal with life and the hand that has been dealt to them. Filmmaking cousins and Missouri natives Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo come together to bring this cinematic journey to the big screen. The result is an up-close and unflinching portrait of 3 young men from small town America… full of heroic spirit, hope and inspired resilience.
More on RICH HILL later this year. When this documentary is available to the public, you'll be the first to know.