Defining the purpose
Meet the Boys
Appachey, 12, dreams of becoming an art teacher in China and finds solace in skateboards – and, despite his smarts, has had to repeat the 6th grade, which doesn't fix all the things that are broken in his life.
Off the highway, across from the railroad track, you'll find Andrew, 13, working on his bike, talking dreams with his dad or practicing dance moves with his twin sister. He's just like a lot of American kids, except that his days are also about survival.
Harley, 15, lives with his grandma now, and eight other members of his extended family, because his mom is in prison. He misses her deeply - but he's still the first guy in the room to crack a joke and make you laugh when you least expect it.
Achieving the Purpose
- In partnership with non-profit organizations, experts, and leaders around the country, the crew’s impact and engagement campaign for RICH HILL is still going strong. In 2014 alone, they had Engagement Events with the U.S. Department of Education, the Library of Congress, The Economic Policy Institute, Foodcorps, Boys and Girls Clubs, Kansas Action for Children, New America Foundation, Teach for America, and Nebraska Loves Public Schools.
- They opened theatrically in over 95 theaters and, with their Independent Lens broadcast on PBS, they’ve reached over 1.3 million homes.
- Rich Hill was the most popular documentary on iTunes and a Top Five documentary on Amazon.
- They are also a part of ongoing partnerships with The Full Frame Initiative, The Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services and Family-to-Family. They have shifted the conversation about low-income families and vulnerable kids across rural America.