Private Project

The Rain Will Follow

Though confined to a nursing home, 90-year-old Melvin Wisdahl lives an interior life, filled with images of the war he fought in, the struggles of the early Norwegian settlers of North Dakota, his ghost town of a home, his love of the ever-evolving and threatened land.

  • Eugene Richards
  • Sam Richards
  • Janine Altongy
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Video
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
    Chagrin Falls, Ohio
    United States
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
    Durham, North Carolina
    United States
    North Carolina Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
    Missoula, Montana
    United States
    Artistic Vision Award
  • St Louis International Film Festival
    St Louis, Missouri
    United States
    November 4, 2018
  • Metrograph
    New York, NY
    United States
    November 10, 2018
Director Biography

Photographer and filmmaker Eugene Richards has authored 18 books, including "Dorchester Days" (1978), a portrait of the inner-city neighborhood where he was raised; "Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue" (1994), a study of the impact of hardcore drugs on American inner cities; "War Is Personal" (2010), a documentation in words and pictures of the consequences of the Iraq war; and "Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down" (2014), which speaks of life in the Arkansas Delta decades ago and today. Richards's photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and SFMoMA among others, and his film, “Thy Kingdom Come” (2018), which premiered at SXSW last year, has screened at a dozen film festivals worldwide. A retrospective exhibition of his photographs opened in 2017 at the George Eastman Museum, subsequently traveling to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography in NYC.

With his partner, Janine Altongy, Richards is co-director of Many Voices, a not-for-profit media group in Brooklyn, New York, that produces socially-concerned films and books.

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