Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

About the Film

RaMell Ross's Academy Award-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening, one of the year's most critically acclaimed films, is a dreamy and intimate journey through the world of Hale County, Alabama, a richly detailed glimpse into life in America’s Black Belt.

Full of sublime moments, the film immerses the viewer in the southern black American experience in a place where Walker Evans and James Agee once chronicled the lives of poor white sharecropping families in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men in the 1930s, but today is an oft-misunderstood African American community. The film is "pure cinematic poetry" wrote A.O. Scott in The New York Times. MORE

The Filmmaker

RaMell Ross (Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Sound Recordist, Editor) earned a BA in both English and Sociology from Georgetown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and his writing has appeared in such outlets as The New York Times. He was part of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2015, and a New Frontier Artist in Residence at the MIT Media Lab. In 2016, he was a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Prize, winner of an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant and a Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow. In early 2017, he was selected for Rhode Island Foundation's Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Artist Fellowship. RaMell is currently on faculty at Brown University’s Visual Arts Department. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is his first feature documentary. He met Quincy while teaching a GED program in Greensboro, Alabama, and Daniel while coaching basketball at the local high school. LESS

Film Credits

Directed, Filmed, Edited and Written by
RaMell Ross

Featuring (in order of appearance)
Quincy Bryant
Daniel Collins
Mary B. Collins
Latrenda “Boosie” Ash
Kyrie Bryant
Tomeko Elliott
Bert Williams
Nathaniel Davis
Karmyn Bryant
Korbyn Bryant
Shadedra Collins

Produced by
RaMell Ross
Joslyn Barnes
Su Kim

Maya Krinsky

Edit Team
Robb Moss
Joslyn Barnes
Maya Krinsky

Creative Advisor
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Original Music by
Alex Somers
Scott Alario
Forest Kelley

Executive Producers
Danny Glover
Susan Rockefeller
Tony Tabatznik

Executive Producers for Field of Vision
Laura Poitras
Charlotte Cook

Co-Executive Producer
Lynda Weinman

Associate Producer
Sarah D’hanens

Location Sound Recordist
RaMell Ross

Production Accountant
Pandora Zolotor

Louverture Films Accountant
Sarisa Middleton

Assistant Editor
Anita H.M. Yu

Post Sound Co-Supervisor /Re-recording Mixer
Tony Volante

Location Sound Recordist /
Post Sound Co-Supervisor / Re-recording Mixer
Dan Timmons

Mix Technician
Mark Amicucci

Sound Producer
Kelsea Wigmore

Post Production Services by
Technicolor PostWorks New York

Digital Intermediate Producer
Andrew McKay

Flame Artists
Sean Perry
Ross Hendrickson

Technical Assistants
Adrian Alvarez
Anthony Correia
Matthew O'Shaughnessy
Ashley Oakley
Michelle Perkowski
Patrick Rossi
Kirk Vaughan
Erich Waldorf

Production Assistant
Kami High

Production Counsel
Iddo Arad

Fair Use Counsel
Karen Shatzkin

Sound Editorial & Mix Services
Harbor Picture Company

Sound Engineer
Avi Laniado

General Manager
Darrell R. Smith

Account Executive
Jeremiah Hawkins

Digital Intermediate Colorist
Dave Francis

Technical Operations Manager
Carlos Monfort

Music Supervisor
Music Resources

Graphics and Titles
Felege Gebru

Errors & Omissions Insurance
Reiff & Associates

Distribution Advisory Services
Cinetic Media
Doc & Film International

Social Media Services
Chana Ginelle Ewing

Additional Appearances by
Demetric Anderson
Johuonte Biggs
Kierra Collins
Tiffany Collins
Jabaris Davis
Deon Wilson
Bessie Edwards
Joann B. Edwards
Ka’Shyra Edwards
Quency “Big Bear” Edwards
Reginald Evans
Jeremy Fortune
Melvin L. Green, Jr.
D’Lysia Harris
D’Miracle Harris
Gary Jackson
King Jayy
Derrell Johnson
Terrance Joiner
Kervin Jones
Jackrya Lewis
Leo Lewis III
Willie Lewis
Albany McCray
Harlem McCray
Javielle McGuffie
Maurice McGuffie
CarJavian Nixon
Xavier Nurse
Baron Nurse II
Kaniyah Robertson
Maxine Robertson
Trenyce Rollins
Ruben Stallworth
Isaic Williams
Justin Williams
SheMia Wilson

Archival Materials Provided by
T. Hayes Hunter
Edwin Middleton
“Lime Kiln Club Field Day” (1913)
Courtesy of The Modern Museum of Art (MoMA)

“Gin & Tonic” and “Flashback”
Written and Performed by Forest Kelley
Published by Forest Kelley

“Friday Mix”
Written and Performed by Alex Somers and Scott Alario
Published by Alex Somers and Scott Alario

“With Yellow Eyes”, “Soymilk” and “Alligator”
Written and Performed by Alex Somers and Scott Alario
Published by Kobalt Music

“Meko’s Blues”
Written and Performed by Tomeko Elliott

“Stars Fell on Alabama”
Performed by Billie Holiday
Written by Mitchell Parish, Frank S. Perkins
Published by EMI Full Keel Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Used courtesy of Verve Records by arrangement with Universal Music Enterprises

Fiscal Sponsor
Sustainable Markets Foundation

Acquired for Distribution by

Funding Provided by
Ford Foundation | JustFilms
Lisa Kleiner Chanoff
Threshold Foundation
San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund

Production Support Provided by
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Tribeca Film Institute - Tribeca All Access

Original Series Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING is a production of Idiom Film, LLC and Louverture Films, in association with Field of Vision.

This program was produced by IDIOM Film, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2018 IDIOM Film, LLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Peabody Awards
    George Foster Peabody Award - Documentary
  • Academy Awards
    Best Documentary Feature (Nominee)
  • Cinema Eye Honors
    Outstanding Non-Fiction Feature Award
  • Sundance Film Festival
    Special Jury Prize Documentary
  • Gotham Awards
    Best Documentary
  • International Documentary Association Creative Recognition Award
    Best Music
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