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Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Producers RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes, Su Kim


Hale County This Morning, This Evening uses the integrity of the non-fiction genre and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the landscape between iconic representations of black men. Amid the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, quotidian moments and the surrounding southern landscape are given importance, drawing poetic comparisons between the historic symbols and the Black banal. Images are woven together to replace narrative arc with visual movements. Here, a new way of looking at this community is encouraged while the resistance of traditional narrative and structure suspends conclusive imagining — an act that allows the viewer to complete the film. With this subjective confrontation, Hale County This Morning, This Evening can reveal our limited understanding of communities of colour and the struggles of black men, re-setting our presumptions and perception of inequality in the U.S. and far beyond.

About The Team

RaMell Ross (Director and Editor) received a BA in English and Sociology from Georgetown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His photographs have been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, and published in outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and Oxford American while his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and ESPN. In 2015, he was part of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and was a Sundance Institute New Frontier Artist in Residence in the MIT Media Lab. In 2016 he was a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Prize, winner of an Arron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant and Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow. RaMell is currently a Professor of Practice in Brown University’s Visual Arts Department. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is RaMell’s first feature film.

Maya Krinsky (Creative Consultant) is an artist based in Providence. She teaches studio and seminar courses on language, translation and contemporary photography. Her background as a language instructor informs her interdisciplinary practice, which is comprised of drawing, video, photography and performance projects as well as curating and consulting work that often explores how the elemental structures in learning a new language either reflect or are at odds with lived experience. Krinsky is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, RISD and Bard College.

Joslyn Barnes (Producer) is a writer and producer. Among the films Barnes has been involved with producing since co-founding Louverture Films together with actor Danny Glover, Susan Rockefeller and Bertha Foundation are the César-nominated Bamako, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar nominated Trouble the Water, the award-winning cult hit Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Peabody and Grierson winner The House I Live In, the Berlinale award-winner Concerning Violence, Elia Suleiman’s The Time that Remains, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and his recent Cemetery of Splendour. Recent films include Deepak Rauniyar’s White Sun, and Sundance Special Jury Prize winner Strong Island by Yance Ford. Forthcoming films include Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, James Longley’s Angels are Made of Light, and Victor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela.

Su Kim (Producer) is a Korean-American producer based in New York City. Her films in release include the Sundance Film Festival premiere Kimjongilia (dir. NC Heikin), Adama (dir. David Felix Sutcliffe) supported by ITVS, and Sound of Redemption: the Frank Morgan Story (dir. NC Heikin). As a producer, she has been awarded CPB/PBS Producers Workshop Scholarship as well as numerous grants from ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Film Program, NYSCA, Tribeca Film Institute and the US State Department. In 2014 she was selected along with five other women filmmakers as a Fellow for the Sundance Institute Women’s Initiative. She is currently producing One Bullet Afghanistan (dir. Carol Dysinger), Sansón and Me, and Lupe Under the Sun. (dir. Rodrigo Reyes).