Ronald Troy Collins, Photo: Delila Vallot
Harvelle’s Santa Monica Features Live Performance by Former Homeless Singer Roland Troy Collins following Mighty Ground World Premiere At 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival
Mighty Ground To World Premiere At 2017 Los AngAeles Film Festival
Delila Vallot’s Intimate and Moving Documentary Personalizes Homeless Crisis
From the Streets to the Stage, a Real-World Story of Hope and Inspiration
Film Subject Ronald Troy Collins and Urban Renewal Perform Live at Harvelle’s Blues Club Santa Monica Following Premiere
Santa Monica, CA (June 9, 2017) – The World Premiere Documentary MIGHTY GROUND comes from the streets to the screen to the stage on Monday, June 19 following the world premiere screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Film subject Ronald Troy Collins will perform live with the original soul and hip hop big band Urban Renewal Project (URP) at Harvelle’s Santa Monica Monday, June 19 at 9:00PM. Doors Open at 7:00PM.
This unique performance is free and open to the public, who will be joined celebrating by the filmmakers and special guests from the film.
Intrinsic Value Films, in association with Corner to Corner Productions, are proud to announce that Delila Vallot’s Mighty Ground will make its world premiere at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) on Monday, June 19th at the ArcLight Santa Monica 8 at 6:45PM.
The second documentary feature from the multitalented Delila Vallot (Can You Dig This, LAFF 2015) Mighty Ground follows homeless singer Ronald Troy Collins as he makes his way through his days by singing to people on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Delila Vallot says of the film, “This film captures a personal journey to redemption while shining a light on the societal growing problem of homelessness.” As with most of the homeless, Ronald is nearly invisible to the majority of passers-by, with all but a few refusing to even acknowledge his presence. But those who stop to listen find themselves captivated by the depth of his prophetic voice, and by the mystical songs he composes on the spot and directs at the listener’s soul.
Enchanted, these listeners find themselves making a deep and unfathomable connection with Ronald that crosses racial and economic lines. Recognizing that they need to hear his song as much as he needs to sing it to them, they stay. This is exactly what happened to producer Aimee Schoof in January of 2016. What began as a random encounter on a downtown LA street quickly turned into a tale of vitality, heartbreak and ultimately, redemption for all involved.
Picking up where the homeless as mere statistics drop off, Mighty Ground captures those auspicious moments when the people Ronald has sung into his life collectively support and pray for his transformation, but the weight of his addiction threatens to derail his chances for redemption and recovery.
Ronald Troy Collins in the studio, Photo: Delila Vallot
Cast: Ronald Troy Collins
Director: Delila Vallot
Producers: Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins
EP/Editor: Natalie Irby
Digital screeners available for media! Please Ask!
LAFF Screening Information:
Friday, June 16th, Culver Theatre 3, 1:35PM
World Premiere Screening:
Monday, June 19th, ArcLight Santa Monica 8. 6:45pm
Monday, June 19th, Harvelle’s Santa Monica.
Doors Open at 7:00PM; performance 9:00PM
1432 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Running Time: 85 mins.
About the Urban Renewal Project:The Urban Renewal Project is a Los Angeles based band that uses instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz and hip-hop. The group features a big band horn section, a singer and a rapper who perform upbeat originals and fresh interpretations of everything from jazz standards to recent hits. They’ve toured nationally from New York’s Rockwood Music Hall to the San Jose Jazz Summerfest, and their recordings have received airplay on tastemaking radio stations across the country, including KCRW–Santa Monica and WDCB–Chicago.