Independent Lens & The Orchard Acquire Sundance Winner ‘Rich Hill’

Rich Hill, the Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz documentary that won a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, has been acquired by TV series Independent Lens and music distributor The Orchard. Independent Lens, which airs on PBS, funded and aired Droz Tragos’ debut film Be Good, Smile Pretty, which went on to win an Emmy for Best Documentary. The Orchard will distribute Rich Hill theatrically in 18 markets, as well as across digital outlets via its fest and docu label Opus Docs. The pic follows the stories and lives of three teenage boys and their families living on the edge of poverty in the town of Rich Hill, MO, as they deal with daily challenges of growing up. Zac Bright and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content and Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers; head of acquisitions Danielle DiGiacom negotiated the deal for The Orchard.

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