Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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Hale County This Morning, This Evening
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Film poster
Directed byRaMell Ross
Produced byJoslyn Barnes
Written byRaMell Ross
Maya Krinsky (co-writer)
StarringLatrenda 'Boosie' Ash
Quincy Bryant
Daniel Collins [1]
Music byScott Alario
Forest Kelley
Alex Somers
Edited byRamell Ross
Joslyn Barnes
Maya Krinsky
Robb Moss
Distributed byThe Cinema Guild
Release date
  • January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$112,300[2][3]

Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an English-language documentary film about the lives of black people in Hale County, Alabama. [4] It is directed by RaMell Ross and produced by Joslyn Barnes, and is Ross's first nonfiction feature.[5][6][7][8] The documentary is the winner of 2018 Sundance Film Festival award for U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision.[8] It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Plot summary[edit]

Lacking a linear storyline, Hale County This Morning, This Evening follows various inhabitants of Hale County in Alabama's Black Belt. Questions posited throughout as intertitles loosely structure the film. They are: “What is the orbit of our dreaming?”, “How do we not frame someone?” and “Whose child is this?” [9]

Critical reception[edit]

Hale County This Morning, This Evening received critical acclaim, with a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 57 reviews; the website's consensus states "Intimate in scope yet thematically expansive, Hale County This Morning, This Evening draws extraordinary insights out of seemingly ordinary moments."[10] It scores 85 on Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim".[11]

Glenn Kenny of The New York Times lauded Ross's "patient and focused eye. His camera’s gaze has a quality of reserve, one that insistently imparts respect to his subjects."[12] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film a full five stars and labelled it "visionary", while Owen Gleiberman of Variety called it a "transcendental scrapbook".[13][14] Its racial politics were commended by Melissa Vincent of The Globe and Mail, stating "At every juncture, Ross elects for ambiguity and poses a question to the viewer to answer how black bodies are viewed, encouraging the audience to perform the labour of challenging their expectations." [15]

Following the 91st Academy Awards nominations, Jason Parham of Wired argued Hale County This Morning, This Evening's inclusion for Best Documentary Feature signaled a "new age of documentary" in which "academy voters must now embrace their changing future."[16]

Accolades[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Documentary That Bucks Oscar Trends—And Still Got a Nomination". The Atlantic. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "'Hale County This Morning, This Evening'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  6. ^ Uhlich, Keith. "'Hale County This Morning, This Evening': Film Review | Sundance 2018". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  7. ^ Gray, Christopher. "Hale County, This Morning This Evening".
  8. ^ a b Pipes, Patrick. "Sundance Winner 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' Acquired By Cinema Guild". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  9. ^ 'Hale County' documentary puts Oscar spotlight on Greensboro-News-Tuscaloosa News-Tuscaloosa, AL
  10. ^ "Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)". Retrieved 27 February 2019 – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  11. ^ "Hale County This Morning, This Evening". Retrieved 27 February 2019 – via www.metacritic.com.
  12. ^ Kenny, Glenn (13 September 2018). "Review: A Multiplicity of Moments in Under 80 Minutes in 'Hale County'". Retrieved 27 February 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
  13. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (17 January 2019). "Hale County This Morning, This Evening review – visionary doc about lives in Alabama". Retrieved 27 February 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  14. ^ Gleiberman, Owen; Gleiberman, Owen (27 December 2018). "Film Review: 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening'". Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Review: Hale County This Morning, This Evening expertly visualizes the complexities of black American life". Retrieved 27 February 2019 – via The Globe and Mail.
  16. ^ Parham, Jason (23 January 2019). "Oscar Nominations Prove We're in a New Age of Documentaries". Retrieved 27 February 2019 – via www.wired.com.
  17. ^ Reel World: Reviews From the 2018 AFI DOCS Film Festival
  18. ^ "HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  19. ^ 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Wins Best Documentary|Spirit Awards 2019|Hollywood Reporter
  20. ^ Hale County This Morning, This Evening|Independent Lens|PBS.org
  21. ^ Under the Influence: RaMell Ross on THE QATSI TRILOGY-criterioncollection on YouTube
  22. ^ Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)-Awards-IMDB

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