Tied for top film of the year in the “Best Movies of 2018” list from New York Times critic A.O. Scott!
This sensitive debut film, an intimate portrait of two young men in rural Alabama, offers a refreshingly direct approach to documentary that fills in the gaps between individual black male icons. Daniel Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Quincy Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son. The men’s individual experiences of the quotidian and sublime aspects of life are contrasted with the larger community.
Hale County This Morning, This Evening leaves an emotive impression of a contemporary Southern town. The film won Best Documentary at the 2018 Gotham Awards, and filmmaker RaMell Ross earned a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening Is the Most Significant Piece of Nonfiction Filmmaking This Year.” —IndieWire
“Void of the traditional struggle on which documentaries about the black experience often center, Hale County ruptures conventional—and often stereotypical—depictions ... to create an experience that is simple, complex, and revelatory.” —Los Angeles Times
“Though set in the historical heart of the American Civil Rights Movement’s tumultuous birth, Ross’s movie insists on a present that turns young, African American men and women into agents of pleasure and work (very often involving college basketball) and subjects of a poetic gaze.” —Cinema Scope
“Most of the dazzling moments come from the way RaMell Ross captures men playing basketball. It’s in the editing—match-cutting, allowing moments to linger—that the magic is created, employing art-house techniques seen in films like Kahlil Joseph’s Until the Quiet Comes. A celebratory dance after a scored point becomes poetic by being slowed down. Sweat hitting the pavement during practice transforms into big, full raindrops hitting the sidewalk, moving us seamlessly between two spaces.” —Reverse Shot