If you ever find yourself traveling down Interstate 49 through Missouri, try not to blink—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.
Filmmaking cousins Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo embark upon an immersive and dazzlingly cinematic journey into the lives of Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, three Rich Hill boys navigating the often-treacherous road between childhood and adolescence. Despite the isolation and deprivation of their individual circumstances, they long for the same things we all want: a nice house, dinner on the table, and a healthy, loving family. Droz Tragos and Droz Palermo’s intimate connection to their subjects serves as a window into a too-often bleak environment, where simply getting by is considered a success, but the hope for a normal life and a brighter future persists.
About the Directors
Andrew Droz Palermo is one of Filmmaker magazine's “25 New Faces of Independent Film" of 2013. In 2011, he was the cinematographer on his first feature, Adam Wingard’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 Palermo’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 / firstname.lastname@example.org