Rich Hill


Rich Hill, Missouri could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards and go to football practice, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with difficult circumstances – isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a daily struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that even they can live the American dream. Andrew, age 13, has a mother who is ill and a father who cannot provide for his family at all. Andrew is the All-American boy – athletic, devoted to his family, and trying to build a life. Harley is 15-years-old and deals with severe anger. Previously abused by his stepfather and with his mother currently in prison, Harley’s grandmother now takes care of him – though Harley needs more than she can give. Finally there is Appachey, age 12, who needs medication for multiple behavioral disorders and whose mother is unable to control him. He has just assaulted a classmate and may be institutionalized. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Documentary Prize, <i>Rich Hill</i> is a beautifully-filmed, irresistibly moving and inspirational portrait of the challenges, hopes and dreams of America’s youth.