Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sun, Aug 12, 2018 7:00 PM
Event Info
Dialogue:Director RaMell Ross in person
Series Info
Series:Vino Vérité
Film Info
Runtime:76 mins
Director:RaMell Ross
Year Released:2018
Production Country:USA


Presented by Bread Garden Market, Little Village, and FilmScene

Vino Vérité event:
DIALOGUE: Director RaMell Ross in person
Sunday, August 12, 7pm

The fifth selection of our third season is a moving picture book of keenly framed images electrified by the beating heat of rural Alabama. RaMell Ross's impressionistic first feature captures life's beauty and tragedy through intimate and unencumbered moments, with a singular style that earned a special jury award for Creative Vision at this year's Sundance Film Festival. 

The Vino Vérité series features talented new voices and established filmmakers influenced by the vérité tradition in person to present their thought-provoking, chance-taking, and visually-arresting films. Each selection is paired with hand-selected wines from Bread Garden Market.

Tickets: $25 public / $20 for members. Includes wine tasting, film, hors d'oeuvres and filmmaker reception.

6:30 Hors d'oeuvres & wine tasting
7:00 Theater open for seating
7:15 Screening 
8:30 Q&A + Reception with filmmaker, wine and dessert


"A free-form exploration of life in the region’s Black Belt, in which snippets of small everyday moments and occasional callbacks to the past... create a mosaic of Southern life that feels quietly revelatory. It’s a hell of an achievement." — Rolling Stone

"It's not every day that you witness a new cinematic language being born, but watching RaMell Ross's evocatively titled documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening qualifies." — Village Voice

How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.

In the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, quotidian moments and the surrounding southern landscape are given importance, drawing poetic comparisons between historical symbols and the African American banal. Images are woven together to replace narrative arc with visual movements. As Ross crafts an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, a new aesthetic framework emerges that offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat, and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. as well far beyond.

"Ross has a preternatural talent for capturing moments, souls and unorthodox time-lapses. Every shot seems to maximize the cinematographic potential of the scene through dexterous camerawork, while excellent sound collaging matches the scattered visuals." — Film Threat

"Ross never makes anything explicit. Instead, he invites the viewer to make connections, sense the bigger picture from the shattered shards that he makes visible." — Screen International


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 NY 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 in 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.

Sundance Film Festival (2018) — Special Jury Award for Creative Vision
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (2018) — Official Selection
Sheffield Doc/Fest (2018) — Official Selection
True/False (2018) — Official Selection