• Hale County This Morning This Evening



Cinema Guild acquires RaMell Ross' Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Sundance prize winner just closed New Directors/New Films and won top prize at the Full Frame Film Festival

NEW YORK, NY - Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights for director and award-winning photographer RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening, produced by Idiom Film and Louverture Films. The film has emerged as one of the most acclaimed documentaries of 2018 since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award for creative vision. Over the weekend, it won the top prize, the Reva and David Logan Award, at the Full Frame Film Festival and was the closing night film of the New Directors/New Films, the annual showcase presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. The film will next compete in the Golden Gate Competition at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Cinema Guild is planning a theatrical release later this year.

In Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Ross offers an inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people. The film presents Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in an open-ended, poetic form that privileges the patiently observed interstices of their lives. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime, all of which combine to communicate the region’s deep culture and glimpse the complex ways the African American community’s collective image is integrated into America’s visual imagination.

In his directorial debut, Ross creates a refreshingly direct approach to documentary to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. 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 offering a testament to dreaming despite the odds.

"The idea that Hale County This Morning, This Evening will screen in big theaters across the country and across communities is a dream come true. I couldn’t be prouder of my team and I thank Cinema Guild for taking this on," said Ross.

"Cinema Guild is a great and storied distribution company with an incredible library of films and a genuine appreciation of great cinematic filmmaking. We are all really excited to work closely with them as we release the film around the country," said Producer Joslyn Barnes, Louverture Films.

"Hale County is a startlingly beautiful debut from RaMell Ross," said Cinema Guild Director of Distribution Peter Kelly. "Every frame in the film is a work of art. Audiences across the country are going to be in awe of it."

The deal was negotiated by Peter Kelly of Cinema Guild with Jason Ishikawa of Cinetic Media. Hale County This Morning, This Evening was produced by Ross, Barnes and Su Kim. It was co-written with Maya Krinksy. Apichatpong Weerasethakul served as creative advisor. Executive producers include Danny Glover, Susan Rockefeller, the Bertha Foundation and Laura Poitras & Charlotte Cook for Field of Vision.

Cinema Guild is a premier distributor of international cinema, independent films and documentaries, whose upcoming releases include Hong Sangsoo's The Day After and Jim McKay's En el Séptimo Día. Recent theatrical releases include Hong Sangsoo's Claire's Camera and On the Beach at Night Alone, Valeska Grisebach's Western, Theo Anthony's Rat Film and Albert Serra's The Death of Louis XIV.

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