If you didn’t make it out for the 2014 True/False Film Festival in Columbia last weekend, there was one film that you missed that seemed to shine with more heart-touching Missouri Pride than any other: Rich Hill. The film won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is described as, “An examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town.”
If you don’t already know, Rich Hill is a Missouri town just an hour south of Kansas City. The Rich Hill film follows three teenage boys who come from lower-income families. Despite their circumstances, Andrew, Appachey, and Harley have a positive outlook on life that makes you want to give them a big hug.
After each of the four film screenings, True/False moviegoers were able to participate in a Q&A with the directors (cousins who have strong family connections to the town of Rich Hill), and several of the subjects and their families. In the Q&As, Andrew showed just as much positivity, faith and pride as he does in the film and explained that the film truthfully depicted that time in his life.
The documentary is currently making its rounds at film festivals throughout the country and Canada (Cleveland International Film Festival on March 29and 30, the Kansas City Film Fest in early April, and Hot Docs in Toronto April 24-May 4.) Hopefully the film will find a distributor who will bring the film to theaters and TV screens in the future. Here’s a sneak peek: