Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming - despite the odds.
How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.
In the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, quotidian moments and the surrounding southern landscape are given importance, drawing poetic comparisons between historical symbols and the African American banal. Images are woven together to replace narrative arc with visual movements. As Ross crafts an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, a new aesthetic framework emerges that offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat, and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. as well far beyond.
RAMELL ross | Director, Producer, writer, Cinematographer, Sound, Editor
RaMell Ross earned a BA in both English and Sociology from Georgetown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and his writing has appeared in such outlets as the NY Times and Walker Arts Center. He was part of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2015 and a New Frontier Artist in Residence in the MIT Media Lab. In 2016, he was a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Prize, winner of an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant and a Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow. In early 2017, he was selected for Rhode Island Foundation's Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Artist Fellowship. RaMell is currently on faculty at Brown University’s Visual Arts Department. HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING is his first feature documentary.
JOSLYN BARNES | Producer, edit team
Joslyn Barnes is a writer and producer. Among the films Joslyn Barnes has been involved with producing since co-founding Louverture Films with Danny Glover and partners Susan Rockefeller and Bertha Foundation are: the features BAMAKO (Abderrahmane Sissako), THE TIME THAT REMAINS (Elia Suleiman), UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES and CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (both by Apichatpong Weerasethakul), WHITE SUN (Deepak Rauniyar) and ZAMA (Lucrecia Martel); and the documentaries TROUBLE THE WATER (Tia Lessin & Carl Deal), THE HOUSE I LIVE IN (Eugene Jarecki), BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 and CONCERNING VIOLENCE (both by Göran Hugo Olsson), HOUSE IN THE FIELDS (Tala Hadid), STRONG ISLAND (Yance Ford) and the forthcoming HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING (RaMell Ross), THAT SUMMER (Göran Hugo Olsson), ANGELS ARE MADE OF LIGHT (James Longley) and AQUARELA (Victor Kossakovsky). In 2017, Barnes was the recipient of both the Cinereach Producer Award and the Sundance Institute | Amazon Studios Producer Award.
SU KIM | Producer
Su Kim is a Korean-American producer based in New York City. She is entrepreneurial, creative and committed to crafting compelling stories and supporting independent filmmakers. Her films in release include the Sundance Film Festival premiere KIMJONGILIA (dir. NC Heikin), ADAMA (dir. David Felix Sutcliffe) supported by ITVS, and SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY (dir. NC Heikin). As a producer, she has been awarded CPB/PBS Producers Workshop Scholarship as well as numerous grants from ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Film Program, NYSCA, Tribeca Film Institute and the US State Department. In 2014 she was selected along with five other women filmmakers as a Fellow for the Sundance Institute Women’s Initiative. She is currently producing ONE BULLET AFGHANISTAN (dir. Carol Dysinger), SANSÓN and ME, and LUPE UNDER the SUN (dir. Rodrigo Reyes) and HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING.
MAYA KRINSKY | Co Writer, edit team
Maya Krinsky is an artist and educator. She has an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Bard College, and attended the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. Krinsky has exhibited internationally, including the Cairo Video Festival, where her short piece “English Lessons" screened at the Gezira Art Center. In 2017 she exhibited several projects funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation at Yeah Maybe in Minneapolis, Minnesota, She teaches studio and seminar courses at RISD and has worked for many years as an English language instructor for immigrants and international students, experience that informs her focus on language and translation.
ROBB MOSS | edit team
Robb Moss’ most recent project, CONTAINMENT, is about the disposition of nuclear waste for now and for the next 10,000 years. Co-directed with Peter Galison, the film premiered at Full Frame in 2015 and has shown in more than forty festivals and other venues, including in Berlin, Paris, Rio, Budapest, Beirut, Sheffield, Cuernavaca, and Tasmania. Art Galleries in Dublin, Sydney and Antwerp have used the film as the foundation for exhibitions, and Moss and Galison re-made the film as an installation piece for the Steirischer Herbst art festival in Graz, Austria. The television broadcast on Independent Lens was in January 2017. Previous films, SECRECY (2008-directed with Galison) and THE SAME RIVER TWICE, (2003) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, together, showed in more than fifty film festivals and in over one hundred theatres. THE SAME RIVER TWICE was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award, and SECRECY was screened by the Congressional Record and the ACLU in an effort to help think through government secrecy’s relationship to national security and democracy.
APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL | Creative Advisor
Apichatpong Weerasethakul is recognised as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema. His previous six feature films, short films and installations have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards, including the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010 with UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES. His TROPICAL MALADY won the Cannes Competition Jury Prize in 2004 and BLISSFULLY YOURS won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Award in 2002. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (2006) was recognised as one of the best films of the last decade in several 2010 polls. MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON (2000) his first feature has been recently restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation.
DAN TIMMONS | SounD Recordist & Re-recording mixer
Dan Timmons, a native of Rochester, New York, lives and works in New York City as a sound designer for documentary and feature films. His family proudly runs two generations deep as employees of Eastman Kodak. With each film he is involved with, Dan would like to push the medium forward as a tool to bring compassion to our disparate little space rock.
TONY VOLANTE | re-recording mixer
Before starting his film career mixing Todd Solondz’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, Tony Volante spent 15 years recording and mixing music for Grammy winning recording artists like Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and Roger Daltrey of The Who. Tony applied his music career experience to enhance many music related films including Phish BITTERSWEET MOTEL, Herbie Hancock’s POSSIBILITIES, The Ramones END OF THE CENTURY (Grammy nominated), Lou Reed BERLIN, Patti Smith DREAM OF LIFE, Lee Scratch Perry THE UPSETTER, Tony Bennett THE ZEN OF BENNETT, Fela Kuti FINDING FELA, Nina Simone WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE (Grammy nominated, Oscar nominated, Emmy winner). Tony’s film mixing career has spanned over 22 years. He was instrumental in starting from the ground up two highly respected film divisions, first, Soundtrack and then second, Sound Lounge. Throughout his career he’s worked with some of the most respected filmmakers in the industry including Derek Cianfrance, Oren Moverman, Jim Jarmusch, Joel Schumacher, Alex Gibney, Doug Liman, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Liz Garbus, to name a few. Tony has been nominated for 2 Prime time Emmy Awards (Outstanding Mixing WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE and Outstanding Mixing GOING CLEAR) and an MPSE nomination for Best Sound Editing WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE.
DANNY GLOVER | Executive Producer
In addition to being one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, with a career spanning 30 years from PLACES IN THE HEART, THE COLOR PURPLE, the LETHAL WEAPON series and the award-winning TO SLEEP WITH ANGER, Danny Glover has also produced, executive produced and financed numerous projects for film, television and theatre. Among these are GOOD FENCES, 3 AM, FREEDOM SONG, GET ON THE BUS, DEADLY VOYAGE, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, THE SAINT OF FORT WASHINGTON and MOOLADE, as well as the series COURAGE and AMERICA'S DREAM. Since co-founding Louverture Films, Glover has executive or co-produced BAMAKO, AFRICA UNITE, TROUBLE THE WATER, SALT OF THIS SEA, SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION, DUM MAARO DUM, THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, HIGHWAY, THE NARROW FRAME OF MIDNIGHT, CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR, WHITE SUN and STRONG ISLAND. He associate produced THE TIME THAT REMAINS and the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES. The recipient of countless awards for his humanitarian and advocacy efforts on behalf of economic and social justice causes, Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International.
SUSAN ROCKEFELLER | Executive Producer
Susan Rockefeller is a partner in Louverture Films and a documentary filmmaker whose in-depth look at critical issues has won top awards at many film festivals across the United States and around the world. Her recent efforts include producing and directing the HBO documentary MAKING THE CROOKED STRAIGHT, which received a Christopher Award; and directing and producing STRIKING A CHORD on the ability of music to help heal Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). She directed and produced MISSION OF MERMAIDS on ocean health, and is currently in production on two films: one about agricultural breeders, farmers and chefs; the other on Bach's COFFEE CANTATA. When she’s not making films, Susan designs message-inspired jewelry to raise awareness about protecting family, art and nature, and sits on the boards of Oceana, the We Are Family Foundation and the program committee for The Stone Barns for Sustainable Agriculture.
BERTHA FOUNDATION | Executive Producer
Bertha Foundation dreams of a more just world and supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change. The foundation champions those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision. It envisions a society where stories come from many different voices, where law is used as a tool for justice and where business delivers positive social impact. It works with a network of people whom we believe can change the world - activists working with storytellers and lawyers. While powerful on their own, the Foundation also look for opportunities for leaders to collaborate across portfolios.
LAURA POITRAS & Charlotte Cook | Executive ProducerS for Field of Vision
Laura Poitras is a filmmaker and journalist. Her film CITIZENFOUR won an Oscar® for best documentary, as well as awards from BAFTA, Independent Spirit Award, and the Director’s Guild of America. The first film in her 9/11 trilogy, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, was nominated for an Oscar. The second film, THE OATH, was nominated for two Emmys. Her reporting on NSA surveillance shared in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service. She received a Peabody Award for her film Flag Wars. She recently exhibited her first solo museum show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is a co-creator of Field of Vision.
Charlotte Cook is a curator, writer and producer. Prior to Field of Vision, she was the Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival. In London, Charlotte was the Head of Film Programming at The Frontline Club. She has also worked with BBC Storyville, the Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation’s Puma Creative Catalyst Fund and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where she curated the strand Conflict | Reportage. In addition to her work at Field of Vision, Charlotte is currently a programmer at CPH:DOX.
PRESS COVERAGE: NEW YORK, APRIL 30, 2018
SELECTED PRESS LINKS
Variety’s 10 Documentarians to Watch in 2018, by Christi Carras, Addie Morfoot, Akiva Gottlieb, Ariana Brockington & Kristen Chuba, April 27, 2018
A Film Shows a Poignant Vision of Black Life in Hale County, Alabama, by Tanner Tafelski, April 5, 2018
Highlights from New Directors/New Films 2018, by Devika Girish, March 28, 2018
CINEMA SCOPE (PRINT)
Sundance Spring Issue 2018, by Robert Koehler, March 5, 2018
THE NEW YORK TIMES
11 Movies You Need to Know at New Directors/New Films, by Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, March 27, 2018
True/False Film Fest 2018, by Tayler Montague, March 21, 2018
THE FILM COMMENT PODCAST
The Film Comment Podcast: The Cinema of Experience II, by Film Comment, Feb 27, 2018
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Complete Lineup Announced for 47th New Directors/New Films, by Jordan Raup, Feb 22, 2018
Sundance Award Winners Lead 2018 New Directors/New Films, by Gordon Cox, Feb 22, 2018
THE VILLAGE VOICE
"Black People Are Not in Control of Images of Ourselves": An Interview With RaMell Ross, by Bilge Ebiri, Feb 10, 2018
Ten Minute Film School E21: RaMell Ross on "Hale County This Morning, This Evening," by Michael Dunaway (Contributor), Feb 5, 2018
SHADOW AND ACT
"Hale County This Morning, This Evening" Is Quiet But Moving (Sundance Review), by Aramide A. Tinubu, Feb 4, 2018
7 Sundance Documentaries to Watch for in 2018, by Alissa Wilkinson, Jan 28, 2018
20 Best Movies and Performances at Sundance 2018, by David Fear, Jan 28, 2018
THE FILM STAGE
'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' Sundance 2018 Review, by Daniel Schindel, Jan 28, 2018
LOS ANGELES TIMES
RaMell Ross is seeking 'visual justice' for 'Hale County', by Tre'vell Anderson, Jan 26, 2018
THE NEW YORK TIMES
At Sundance, Films Filled With Fury, Propelled by Outsiders, by Manohla Dargis, Jan 25, 2018
THE TORONTO STAR
Movies score surprises at Sundance even as fest lays down the law, by Peter Howell, Jan 25, 2018
Alabama’s Hale County is Subject of Poetic Documentary on Blackness and Everyday Life in the Black Belt, by Amy Goodman, Jan 24, 2018
NO FILM SCHOOL
'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' : RaMell Ross on Redefining the Black Body, by Erik Luers, Jan 22, 2018
THE VILLAGE VOICE
Sundance: Two Startling Documentaries Question the Limits of Our Vision : 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' and 'Minding the Gap' both redefine cinematic language in fascinating new ways, by Bilge Ebiri, Jan 22, 2018
Sundance Film Review : 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening, by Ali Shimkus, Jan 21, 2018
'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' is a Perceptive Meditation on Life in the South, by Eric Hynes, Jan 20, 2018
THE FILM COMMENT PODCAST
Sundance 2018: Day Three, by Nicolas Rapold and Eric Hynes, Jan 20, 2018
'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' Sundance Review, by Theo Schear, Jan 20, 2018
Sundance 2018 Critic’s Notebook, Day 2 : 'Clara’s Ghost', 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening', by Vadim Rizov, Jan 20, 2018
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' : Film Review | Sundance 2018, by Keith Uhlich, Jan 19, 2018
25 Black Films and Shorts We're Excited To See At Sundance 2018, by Lapacazo Sandoval, Jan 18, 2018
WHAT (NOT) TO DOC
2018 Sundance Docs in Focus: 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening', by Basil Tsiokos, Jan 18, 2018
16 Films by Black Directors You Can't Miss at Sundance 2018, by Antoinette Isama, Jan 17, 2018
Sundance Film Festival Unveils Full 2018 Features Lineup, by Peter Debruge, November 29, 2017
2018 Sundance Film Festival: Feature Films Announced, November 29, 2017
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Museo Universitario del Chopo, UNAM, Cinematógrafo del Chopo – Foro del Dinosaurio
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Stadtkino Basel | Q&A with Director RaMell Ross
Stadtkino Basel | Q&A with Director RaMell Ross
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PBS America Showroom, Cinema 3 | Q&A with Director RaMell Ross
The Light Cinema 3 | Q&A with Director RaMell Ross
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