International Competition

Rich Hill

Tracy Droz Dragos, Andrew Droz Palermo
Screening time  
24.02. / Tuesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  
26.02. / Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3  
28.02. / Saturday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 4  
01.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
01.03. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 3  
01.03. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5  
These boys can be tough but when you get to know them up-close, you see their insight, their humor, and their determination to survive.

Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1393). Off the highway, next to the railroad track. Andrew (14) works on his bike, talks dreams with his dad, practices dance moves with his twin sister. He’s just like a lot of American teenagers, except that his days are often also about survival. Harley (15) lives with his grandma and eight other members of his extended family because his mom is in prison for attempted murder. Still, Harley is the frst guy in the room to crack a joke and make you laugh when you least expect it. Appachey (13) finds solace in skateboards and, despite his intelligence, has had to repeat the 6th grade, which doesn’t come close to fixing what’s broken in his life. These boys can be tough – they know how to walk with a clenched-jaw stare like they have nothing to lose. But when you get to know them up-close, you see their insight, their humor, and their determination to survive.


Tracy Droz Dragos

Tracy Droz Dragos produced and directed her first documentary, Be Good, Smile Pretty which won 2004 Emmy for Best Documentary and numerous other awards. Tragos is currently developing both narrative and documentary films through her production company Dinky Pictures. Rich Hill is her latest documentary.


Andrew Droz Palermo

Andrew Droz Palermo is producer, director and cinematographer. He is one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013“. Rich Hill is his first documentary.

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Rich Hill

2014, 93', HD

Directed by:
Tracy Droz Dragos, Andrew Droz Palermo

Andrew Droz Palermo

Edited by:
Jim Hession

Nathan Halpern

Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo

Produced by:
Dinky Pictures

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2014 – U.S. Grand Jury Prize/Documentary; Sarasota Film Festival 2014 – Special Jury Prize for directing; Hot Docs 2014; Human Rights Arts&Film Festival 2014; Monadnock International Film Festival 2014; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2014