Sun, 5 August 2012
Bill and Turner Ross started out making small personal projects that they really never showed anyone, but that changed with the SXSW premier of 45365, which went on to win numerous awards, including the Truer Than Fiction prize in the Independent Spirit Awards.
45365 explores daily life in the quintessential American small town of Sidney, Ohio. It is a portrait of a city and its people - from cops to barbers to football coaches to nursing home residents. Using an impressionistic, verite approach, the film coalesces stories into a mosaic of faces, places, and events.
More recently, their documentary, Tchoupitoulas (chop-ih-TOOL-us) has no interviews, no voiceover; just the evocation of an existence and the feelings it conjures.
In Tchoupitoulas, three young brothers take a secret sunset journey across a river to a pleasure island that's always been forbidden to them in New Orleans: a world of dancers, musicians, hustlers, drag queens, and revelers that parade through the lamp-lit streets between Rampart and the river, seen through their eyes.