Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Introduction by RaMell Ross on Dec. 1. All ticket holders are invited to an Opening Night reception at the Furman Galley in WRT beginning at 8:30pm.
“The American stranger knows Blackness as a fact—even though it is fiction,” says writer-director RaMell Ross. For his visionary and political debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at Sundance in 2018, Ross spent five years intimately observing African-American families living in Hale County, Alabama. It’s a region made unforgettable by Walker Evans and James Agee’s landmark 1941 photographic essay Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which documented the impoverished lives of white sharecropper families in Alabama’s Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Ross’s poetic return to this place shows changed demographics, and depicts people resilient in the face of adversity and invisibility. An Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Hale County This Morning, This Evening introduces a distinct and powerful new voice in American filmmaking. A 2018 New Directors/New Films selection.
Watch our NYFF58 with RaMell Ross and Garrett Bradley below.