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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Andrew Droz Palermo & Tracy Droz Tragos’ Rich Hill

Match an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker with her cousin, an established cinematographer on You’re Next (’11) and Sundance preemed titles of V/H/S, short film Black Metal (’12) and last year’s A Teacher (’13), and we might be looking at a viscerally thoughtful look into how America is suffering….via the vantage point of a rural town’s youngest inhabitants. In the works since 2011, Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill has received a lot of support namely from the Sundance Institute (a recent July Docu Edit and Story Lab) and the go to crowdfunding site Kickstarter. We’re ready for this type of Missouri.

Gist: In a rural American town, three kids face heartbreaking choices, find comfort in the most fragile of family bonds, and dream of possibility.

Production Co./Producers: Tragos and Palermo

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Comp.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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