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Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo (Rich Hill)

A still from the film Rich Hill of a young man, shirtless, squinting with trees flashing behind him.

Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo are American filmmakers whose first collaborative feature, Rich Hill, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2014. Tracy had previously directed the 2004 Emmy Award-winning documentary, Be Good, Smile Pretty, while Andrew had been the cinematographer on several films, including Adam Wingard’s You’re Next.

The duo were in Toronto to present Rich Hill, their documentary following the lives of three boys in the town of Rich Hill, at the 2014 Hot Docs festival. We joined them at Voodoo Child to discuss the film.

Our interview with Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo was conducted in April of 2014 and was one of four feature interviews in the twenty-fourth and final monthly issue of The Seventh Art as a “video magazine.” It was released in April 2015 as part of our 2014 Hot Docs coverage, which also includes an interview with Christian Frei.

By Christopher Heron

Christopher Heron is one of the co-founders of The Seventh Art. He's conducted over 60 long-form interviews for the publication, while also writing and cutting several numerous video essays that investigate formal traits in films and filmmakers. He received his MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, where his work explored cinematic representations of urban space with special attention paid to the films of Pedro Costa and Tsai Ming-liang.