Congratulations to Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo (they are cousins) for their success at Sundance. They are pictured here with the three primary subjects of their documentary.
Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary: Rich Hill, directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo
If you ever find yourself traveling down Interstate 49 through Missouri, try not to blinkâ€”you may miss Rich Hill, population 1,396. Rich Hill is easy to overlook, but its inhabitants are as woven into the fabric of America as those living in any small town in the country.
From the live stream of the Awards ceremony:
Tragos: â€œI didnâ€™t think that anybody saw our film, I donâ€™t know.â€ Clearly shaken. â€œItâ€™s a small film but weâ€™ve got a big heart. We dedicate this to thte families in Rich Hill, Missouri. Three boys and their families who were so brave. Who revealed some really hard, tough stuff. Thank you fur letting them into your hearts.â€
Palermo: â€˜Iâ€™m not normally the talker among the two of us.â€ Palermo dedicates the prize to one of the mothers in the film, who died ten days before the festival.
Offerman is back to introduce Leonard Maltin, whoâ€™s best known for his annual Leonard Maltinâ€™s Movie Guide and his 30-year run on televisionâ€™s Entertainment Tonight.
Iconically white-haired and cadenced Maltin notes that Bryan Singer left early because he fell ill.
About the Directors
Tracy Droz Tragos won an Emmy Award for her first documentary, Be Good, Smile Pretty, which aired on PBSâ€™s Independent Lens and is a film about her journey to know her father, who was killed in Vietnam. With Rich Hill, Droz Tragos returns to her fatherâ€™s hometown to explore familiar themes by following the lives of three local boys who yearn to find solace in their scattered families and belonging in their impoverished community.
Andrew Droz Palermo is one of Filmmaker magazine’s â€œ25 New Faces of Independent Film” of 2013. In 2011, he was the cinematographer on his first feature, Adam Wingardâ€™s smart horror film, You’re Next. For the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, he shot A Teacher, directed by Hannah Fidell, and Black Metal, directed by Kat Candler. Next up is One & Two, a narrative film he cowrote and will direct. Rich Hill is Droz Palermoâ€™s first documentary, a proud collaboration with his cousin, Tracy.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo
Producers: Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo
Executive Producers: Robert A. Compton, Michael J. Zak
Editor: Jim Hession
Cinematographer: Andrew Droz Palermo
Composer: Nathan Halpern
Sound Designer: Pete Horner
Contact: Tracy Droz Tragos / Dinky Pictures / email@example.com