About the film

Rich Hill vividly captures the struggle of families isolated in a dying Missouri town — and their unexpected source of hope.

About the team

Tracy Droz Tragos (Producer and Director) is an award-winning filmmaker who produced and directed Be Good, Smile Pretty, which aired on PBS’s Independent Lens and won the 2004 Emmy Award for Best Documentary. The film also won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Aspen FilmFest, the 2004 Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative, the President’s Award for Excellence in Documentary Film from Vietnam Veterans of America, the 2004 Cine Golden Eagle Award and numerous other awards. For a year after the film’s broadcast, Tragos traveled the United States, screening the film as part of an extensive ITVS outreach campaign, reaching hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families. Tragos started her career at DreamWorks, SKG, where she rose through the ranks from assistant to writer/producer. She went on to produce the documentary pilot series True American Story, which aired on E! Entertainment Television, and she co-wrote the short film The Last Full Measure, which premiered at the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival. Tragos was for many years a judge for The Humanitas Prize, and has been a guest lecturer on documentary filmmaking at the USC film school. Tragos holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA with honors in Cinema/Television from USC. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California with her husband, Chris, and two daughters, Penelope, 5, and Charlotte, 8. After a hiatus for motherhood, Tragos founded Dinky Pictures, which is currently in development on a personal film about aging, faith and her adoptive father’s itinerant ministry, as well as Rich Hill, which is supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, IDA and IFP.

Andrew Droz Palermo (Producer, Director & Cinematographer) is one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s “25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013.” In 2011, he lensed his first feature, Adam Wingard’s smart horror Film You’re Next. At Sundance 2013, he premiered A Teacher, directed by Hannah Fidell, and Black Metal, directed by Kat Candler. After growing up in central Missouri, Andrew studied graphic design at Columbia College Chicago. He then progressed from photography to directing and shooting music videos for indie bands White Rabbits, The Walkmen, Arms and Believers. Next for Andrew is One & Two, a narrative he co-wrote and will direct, which participated in the Sundance Creative Producing Lab. Rich Hill is Andrew’s first documentary, a proud collaboration with his cousin, Tracy.

Rich Hill is a Cinereach grantee.

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