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Missouri-based ‘Rich Hill’ documentary lands Sundance grand jury prize

February 1, 2014 Kansas City No Comments

Located roughly 75 miles south of Kansas City, a farming Missouri city of 1,400 has struggled to flower given a decrease of a once-booming hint industry.

To a span of Los Angeles-based filmmakers, however, Rich Hill represented a ideal environment to try an component of America.

“We wanted to know what was going on in this place,” pronounced Tracy Droz Tragos, who along with cousin Andrew Droz Palermo destined and constructed a documentary patrician “Rich Hill.” “Understand a struggles that we saw, and a people who were clearly struggling.”

And progressing this week, their query paid dividends.

“Rich Hill,” that follows a lives of 3 boys as they navigate life in a tiny town, was named leader of a Sundance Film Festival’s distinguished U.S. grand jury esteem for a documentary. The cousins were respected final Saturday in Park City, Utah, a festival’s longtime site.

Though conjunction of a filmmakers is from Rich Hill, both have ties.

Droz Palermo was innate in Columbia, Mo., and lifted in Jefferson City, and Droz Tragos spent a apportionment of her girl in Columbia. Both, too, had relatives who grew adult in Rich Hill — including Droz Tragos’ father, who was a theme in her 2003 film “Be Good, Smile Pretty.” That film is about her romantic hunt for her father, killed when his quick vessel was broken in a Mekong Delta. She was usually 3 months aged during a time.

Both also hexed a slow oddity about a bland lives of a mostly unexamined demographic.

Much like a 2010 film “Winter’s Bone,” that was set in a Ozarks and won a Sundance grand jury esteem for thespian film before going on to accept 4 Oscar nominations, “Rich Hill” focuses on farming Missouri life.

“Missouri is plentiful with life, yet there’s also a lot of decay,” pronounced Droz Palermo. “Finally, we consider there’s been some seductiveness in a emanate of poverty, and I’m happy some of these marginalized people are being talked about.”

The span began work on a film in 2011, after spending some time in a city and assembly one of a boys who would finish adult being a executive character. During monthly visits to Rich Hill, that lasted as prolonged as a week, Droz Tragos and Droz Palermo set out to constraint a universe overlooked.

The families of a boys valid intensely cooperative, pronounced Droz Tragos, and yet a film did eventually hint a tiny bit of debate — a petition on a website change.org claimed a film negatively portrayed a city — a response has been roughly zodiacally positive.

“They couldn’t have been some-more certain and vehement about it,” Droz Tragos pronounced of a film’s subjects and their families, who were in assemblage during Sundance.

What’s subsequent for a film is unclear.

Predicting a singular melodramatic release, a cousins are selling a film to a radio broadcaster. They’re anticipating to shade a film during a series of arriving festivals — including a True/False Film Fest, that runs Feb. 27 by Mar 2 in Columbia — and have broached a thought of teaming adult again in a future.

“Independent filmmaking is unequivocally tough, and there’s lots of lean, meant times,” pronounced Droz Tragos. “The whole time is a gaunt time. It’s unequivocally tough to make films. (But) when we had a tie with these families, it became something that both Andrew and we were committed to, no matter what.”

The filmmakers are behind in Los Angeles now, and notwithstanding their new success on one of film’s many distinguished stages, their lifestyles, Droz Palermo forked out, haven’t altered too dramatically as a result.

As Droz Palermo puts it, “Yesterday, we attempted to go see ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and we had all 3 of my credit and withdraw cards declined.”

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