Sundance prize-winner “Rich Hill” finds distribution

PBS series The Independent Lens and New York-based film and music distribution group The Orchard have partnered to distribute the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner in the U.S. and Canada.
March 18, 2014

PBS series The Independent Lens and New York-based film and music distribution group The Orchard have partnered to distribute Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner Rich Hill. 

The documentary follows three teenage boys and their families straddling the poverty line in the town of Rich Hill, Missouri, and the challenges they face growing up.

Independent Lens – which funded and premiered Droz Tragos’ Emmy Award-winning debut film Be Good, Smile Pretty in 2003 - acquired linear broadcast rights for the U.S., while Orchard got all rights in the U.S. and Canada outside of linear broadcast. The company will release the documentary theatrically in 18 markets, as well as across major digital outlets.

“From our earliest conversations, it was clear to us that they both share a real desire and enthusiasm to have the film seen by as many people as possible, and in doing so, to touch the lives of struggling families in communities like Rich Hill, Missouri across America,” said director Andrew Droz Palermo in a statement.

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