An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING follows two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime.
The film offers a refreshingly direct approach to documentary that fills in the gaps between individual black male icons. HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South, showing the consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously trumpeting the beauty of life and offering a testament to dreaming despite the odds.
Award-winning photographer and director RaMell Ross 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 and Walker Arts Center. 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.
Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies