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Sundance Docs 'Rich Hill' and 'Last Days in Vietnam' Find Distribution

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 18, 2014 at 1:15PM

Two documentaries that premiered at this year's Sundance, Grand Jury winner "Rich Hill" and Rory Kennedy's "Last Days in Vietnam," have found distribution.
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'Rich Hill'
'Rich Hill'

Two documentaries that premiered at this year's Sundance, Grand Jury winner "Rich Hill" and Rory Kennedy's "Last Days in Vietnam," have found distribution. 

Emmy-winning TV series Independent Lens (broadcast nationally on PBS) and music distributor The Orchard are teaming for a theatrical release on "Rich Hill," which follows three teen boys living on the brink of absolute poverty in the Missouri town of the title. It is helmed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo. Indiewire's Eric Kohn said of the film in a B+ review, "With its constant melancholic tone, which blend voiceovers and somber asides from its characters, "Rich Hill" often feels like a Terrence Malick movie that trades majestic spirituality for burgeoning teen angst."

'Last Days in Vietnam'
'Last Days in Vietnam'

Meanwhile, "Last Days in Vietnam" has found a distribution home with American Experience Films, slating a September 5 limited release. The film chronicles the final chaotic days of the Vietnam War, as North Vietnamese troops closed in on Saigon and South Vietnam crumbled. Anne Thompson loved the film, and got to interview Kennedy ("Ethel") as part of a Spotlight on Women Directors panel in Park City.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.