By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 18, 2014 at 10:04AM
This year's winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Documentary Prize, "Rich Hill," directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palemo, has finally landed distribution via a partnership between Independent Lens and music distribution company, The Orchard. Independent Lens will broadcast the film nationally on PBS, while The Orchard will distribute the film in the U.S. and Canada outside of linear broadcast. The film is expected to open theatrically in 18 markets, as well as on VOD.
The film follows the stories and lives of three teenage boys and their families living on the edge of poverty in the town of Rich Hill, Missouri, as they deal with daily challenges of growing up.
"'Rich Hill' is a beautiful, powerful, and important film that puts a human face on rural poverty in a respectful and artistic way. The Orchard is thrilled to be able to use our expertise, technology, and relationships to distribute the film across theatrical and digital platforms in North America, engaging audiences and creating impact for a film that we feel should be seen by the widest possible audience," says Danielle DiGiacomo, The Orchard's head of documentary acquisitions, who negotiated the deal for The Orchard.
"It was important for us and the film to find partners who clearly understood our movie and could use their influence to reach the widest audiences,” said co-director Tracy Droz Tragos. "Personally, I felt a kinship with Independent Lens since they took a chance and supported my debut film 'Be Good, Smile Pretty,' which went on to win an Emmy. And to be working with The Orchard on our theatrical and digital release, I feel confident that 'Rich Hill' is in great hands."