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'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' Is A Fascinating And Frustrating Collage

First-time filmmaker RaMell Ross' camera captures fleeting moments in the lives of two black young men in rural Alabama, and refuses to supply us with context. We grow to care about them anyway.
Daniel Collins is one subject in the elliptical documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening. Source: The Cinema Guild

In the future, once analog filmmaking is finally dead and buried, will we look back on the rise of Snapchat and Instagram as a pivotal moment in visual storytelling? The rapid-fire, three-second video onslaughts of life you get when you tap through a friend's "story" have pioneered a new kind of visual language, one that strips away storytelling conventions like setup and narration, leaving behind only the purest sensory glaze on the larger framework of a music festival or a protest march. Still photography is used to this concept, but filmmaking rarely allows

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