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Tchoupitoulas Movie Review

28 December 2012 2:33 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Tchoupitoulas Directors: Bill Ross and Turner Ross A lyrical nonfiction offering that could be viewed as a sort of companion piece to “Beasts of the Southern Wild” by way of Frederick Wiseman, Bill and Turner Ross’ “Tchoupitoulas” charts the journey of three young African-American brothers who head out onto the streets of New Orleans to experience the Big Easy’s kaleidoscopic vibrancy. At once gorgeous and frustrating, alluring and tedious, the delicate movie is an undeniable example that, like physical beauty, the appeal of diffident, removed cinematic art is in the eye of the beholder. Unfolding over the course of one night, “Tchoupitoulas” centers on William, Bryan and Kentrell Zanders, a trio of brothers who we  [ Read More ]

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Adam Yauch's Film Company Carrying Out His Vision

26 December 2012 11:20 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

After brothers Bill and Turner Ross screened their new film for the first time at SXSW earlier this year, they went to lunch with representatives of Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film distribution company started by the late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

"Things came together pretty quickly after that," recalls Bill Ross to Rolling Stone. "It seemed so right. It was a perfect fit for us."

Having grown up listening to the Beastie Boys, Ross had a "geek-out moment," he says, as soon as he realized he'd be partnering with Yauch's company. »

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"The Imposter," "Searching for Sugar Man" Lead Cinema Eye Nominations!

11 December 2012 12:24 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"The Imposter" and "Searching for Sugar Man" each received 5 nods from the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. 31 features and 5 shorts will vie for the best of the best in documentary filmmaking. Check out the full list of nominees below including the Audience Award and Heterodox Award.

Winners of the 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced on January 9, 2013 as Cinema Eye returns for a third year to New York City.s Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

5 Broken Cameras

Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

Produced by Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi


Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Produced by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady and Craig Atkinson

The Imposter

Directed by Bart Layton

Produced by Dimitri Doganis

Marina Abramović The Artist is Present

Directed by Matthew Akers

Produced by Jeff Dupre and Maro Chermayeff »

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6 December 2012 12:48 PM, PST | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Named for the New Orleans street that traces the Mississippi River from the southern edge of the French Quarter through Uptown, Tchoupitoulas is a lyrical nighttime exploration of the city from the point of view of three brothers who embark on a secret, illicit adventure in the Big Easy. On the heels of Bryan, Kentrell and especially little William Zanders, filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross (who are brothers themselves) dip into the flow of Crescent City nightlife—the revelers, the hustlers, the street preachers and especially the musicians—with a vérité camera, watching and listening, without motive or commentary. The result is »

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Treasures In Heaven: Exclusive Clip From The Ross Brothers' 'Tchoupitoulas'

5 December 2012 10:24 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

December is all about spectacle and awards season seriousness, but if you need a reprieve from Hollywood's expensive grab for box office and awards, Oscilloscope Laboratories has something daringly off the beaten path and refreshingly original. Bill and Turner Ross' "Tchoupitoulas" takes the simple approach of following three boys in New Orleans over the course of an evening, and uses it to paint a impressionistic document both of the city and these kids as life swirls and tumbles around them. We caught the film at SXSW in the spring, and it really captured our attention, and we declared that it's "a documentary experiment that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and form to transform cinema into sensation." And as you'll see in this exclusive clip below, the final result is something of a waking dream. "Tchoupitoulas" opens in limited release on December 7th. And in case you missed it, here's our interview with directors. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Act of Killing' Tops Winners at Cph:dox

12 November 2012 10:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn's "The Act of Killing" topped the winners of the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Cph:dox) this past weekend, taking the festival's Dox:award prize. Other winners at the ceremony -- held at the Bremen Theater in downtown Copenhagen -- included Bill & Turner Ross's "Tchoupitoulas," Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel's "Leviathan" and Jonas Poher Rasmussen's "Searching For Bill." Full list of winners below with jury statements. Dox:award: The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer "The Jury would like to award a film for its ability to show the construction of fear in a society and for its courageous re-enactment of the madness of the past, still echoing in the present." Special mention to Tchoupitoulas, Bill & Turner Ross "The Jury wants to give a special mention for its freedom and chaotic »

- Peter Knegt

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“The Act Of Killing” Takes Top Prize At Cph:dox

10 November 2012 5:15 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn and Anonymous’s jaw-dropping tale of war crimes, guilt and moviemaking, took the top prize at Cph:dox here in Copenhagen Friday night. The film, pictured above, boasts Werner Herzog and Errol Morris as executive producers and follows a group of former death squad leaders as they make Hollywood-style movies based on their murders of communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals following Indonesia’s military coup in 1965. Director Edwin (Postcards from the Zoo) presented the award and read the jury’s statement: “The Jury would like to award a film for its ability to show the construction of fear in a society and for its courageous re-enactment of the madness of the past, still echoing in the present.” As an Indonesian, Edwin added a personal testament to the film’s powerful confrontation of the country’s history. Accepting the award, Oppenheimer thanked the country’s community of survivors, »

- Scott Macaulay

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AFI Fest 2012 Presented By Audi Announces Presentations, Conversations And Additional Screening

31 October 2012 3:18 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the events and screenings in its Presentations and Conversations programs, an additional screening and some of the guests who are expected to attend this year.s festival. AFI Fest, which annually presents the best of world cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 1 through 8 at the historic Grauman.s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Stay with us here at Wamg as we bring you the latest from the AFI Fest screenings, panels and after-parties right here in Hollywood!


This variety of special screening events offers audiences a unique festival experience.

Sunset Boulevard: Dir Billy Wilder

With restoration services by Technicolor, be among the first to experience one of Hollywood.s most beloved films as it was originally intended. A fitting release »

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Exclusive: U.S. Trailer For Celebrated Doc 'Tchoupitoulas'

18 October 2012 9:07 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Where does documentary end, and reality and dreams begin? That is the question many will be asking after experiencing "Tchoupitoulas," the latest documentary from Bill and Turner Ross, the makers of the small town portrait "45365." After drawing rave reviews at SXSW where it premiered earlier this year and winning awards at the Dallas, Ashland and Hot Docs film festivals, Oscilloscope Laboratories is bringing the picture to theaters, and the first trailer will you a glimpse of the special film they have put together. "Tchoupitoulas" follows three boys in New Orleans, who venture through the city all in one night, in what becomes less a movie about and more an impressionistic document of a particular feeling or moment in the lives of these kids. In our thumbs up review from SXSW, we called it "an experimental, dreamy melange of the sights and sounds of New Orleans," and unlike your average documentary. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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AFI Film Fest: Cream of the Crop of 2012 in Simon Killer, After Lucia, In the Fog, A Hijacking and Clip Selected for Fest

3 October 2012 12:50 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The AFI Film Fest (11.01-11.08) have announced the line-ups for our favorite sections at the fest in the Young American selections and New Auteurs section and they’ve managed to stack up on titles that are amongst the year’s best and which in the case of two films were mysteriously passed over by the likes of Telluride, Tiff and Nyff. Michel Franco’s After Lucia (see pic above) and Antonio CamposSimon Killer will be making the Los Angeles premieres accompanied by the best title to come out of the Main Comp at this year’s Cannes edition in Sergei Loznitsa’s In the Fog. This trio will be joined by a trio of gems that recently premiered at Tiff in: Maja Miloš’ Clip, Gabriela Pichler’s Eat Sleep Die and Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking. In the Young American Selections we find some filmmakers (Sean Baker and Amy »

- Eric Lavallee

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2012 Oakland Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

25 September 2012 10:23 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

2012 appears to be the year for younger, i.e. under 10 years old, underground fests to blow it wide open and go for broke. This time it’s the 4th annual Oakland Underground Film Festival that is expanding its horizons into a blowout four-day, much more densely packed affair, running on Sept. 27-30 at several different locations.

Expanding on the types of films they screen, this year Oakuff is jammed pack with a wide variety of documentaries, thrillers, a bevy of short films and a special tribute to blaxploitation films hosted by BadAzz MoFo’s David Walker.

The fest opens on the 27th with skateboarding filmmaker Stacy Peralta’s latest, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, which documents his own involvement with California board culture along with peers like Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen. Following that will be Ya’Ke Smith’s complex drama about the effects of child molestation.

Other documentaries in »

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Oscilloscope Laboratories Picks Up North American Distribution Rights To 'Tchoupitoulas'

5 June 2012 9:02 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It didn't do much for me when I saw it the SXSW Film Festival in March this year; Vanessa saw it as well and reviewed it, although her reaction to it wasn't all that different from mine (you can read her review Here). Now some of the rest of you will get your opportunity to see it judge for yourselves, as Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Bill and Turner Ross's HotDocs award-winning documentary Tchoupitoulas. Oscilloscope plans to continue to screen the film at festivals, and will eventually release it in theaters (limited) later this year, followed by a digital release. For those of you in New York, it'll next screen at »

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Oscilloscope Scores North American Rights to New Orleans Nightlife Documentary 'Tchoupitoulas'

5 June 2012 8:05 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscilloscope Laboratories said Tuesday that it has acquired North American rights to "Tchoupitoulas." The documentary by  Bill and Turner Ross captures New Orleans' rich nightlife. "Tchoupitoulas," pronounced chop-ih-tou-less, follows  three adolescent brothers' nocturnal journey through the Big Easy, where they discover its distinctive music, dance hall and party scene.  Also read: Kickstarter: The Indie Filmmaker's New Best Friend It premiered  at the South by South Film Festival this past March, and has screened at The Dallas International Film Festival and The Ashland Independent Film Festival. The Ross Brothers, best known for the 2009 documentary "45365," raised roughly »

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Oscilloscope Acquires SXSW Doc 'Tchoupitoulas'

5 June 2012 7:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced that it has acquired North American rights to Bill and Turner Ross's documentary "Tchoupitoulas," which premiered at SXSW earlier this year. The directors' follow-up to the acclaimed "45365," Indiewire called the film "visually masterful" in our SXSW review. The deal was finalized at the recently completed Cannes Film Festival. David Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope negotiated the deal with George Rush on behalf of the filmmakers. Full press release below. New York, New York (June 4, 2012)-- Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Bill and Turner Ross’s acclaimed documentary Tchoupitoulas (pronounced Chop-ih-tou-less).  The film premiered to rave reviews at the South by South Film Festival this past March.  It has continued its successful run at festivals throughout the spring, winning awards at HotDocs, The Dallas »

- Peter Knegt

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2012 Maryland Film Festival | Preview - Mff 2012

1 May 2012 6:32 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Maryland Film Festival (Mff) is an annual four-day event that takes place in downtown Baltimore during the first weekend of May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties -- narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid -- to tens of thousands of audience members. This year your loyal Smells Like Screen Spirit scribes bring you a preview of some of the fantastic films that are in store for you at Mff 2012. Attenberg is certainly not as fantastically absurd as Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth, which Tsangari produced, but the two Greek films do share a certain cinematic kinship in farcically discussing the effects of overly restrictive parenting, specifically related to the social and sexual repression of the offspring. One might say that Attenberg is like the mellow chaser used to calm the crazy rush after »

- Don Simpson

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Ashland Independent Film Festival Winners

19 April 2012 8:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2012 Ashland Independent Film Festival has announced the winners of its Juried and Audience competitions. In the Audience competitions winners included: Rory Kennedy's "Ethel" took Best Documentary; Jonathan Lisecki's "Gayby" for Best Feature; Leslie Iwerks' "Pipe Dreams" for Best Documentary Short Film; and Drew Christie's "Song of the Spindle" took home the prize for Best Narrative Short Film. In the Juried competition winners were: Musa Syeed's "Valley of the Saints" took Best Narrative Feature; Turner Ross and Bill Ross won Best Feature Length Documentary for "Tchoupitoulas"; Best Cinematography went to Nicholas Ozeki's "Mamitas"; "Gayby" won again for Best Acting Ensemble; Kangmin Kim's "38-39° C" won Best Animated Short; Best Short Doc. went to Sam Green's "The Universal Language"; and Levi Abrino's "Little Horses" »

- Aaron Bogert

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SXSW: “Tchoupitoulas” Vs. “Beasts,” Battle For The Innocents

16 March 2012 8:07 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Bill and Turner Ross’ new documentary Tchoupitoulas premiered in Emerging Visions this year at SXSW. The film was eagerly anticipated by fans of their debut feature, 45365, the Documentary Jury Prize winner a few years ago. Three young brothers in Louisiana take a ferry into New Orleans, observe and engage in everything from transvestite clubs to street musicians Mardi Gras floats to an abandoned ship yard on the outskirts of town. Pretty soon the youngest brother, William, a sensitive kid who plays the recorder at school, starts to get tired. “I’m just a child,” he insists, to the jeers of his brothers, who want to stay up all night. All three of them are kids — witness them gaping, wide-eyed, at a cook tossing pizza dough in a shop window — but it’s William whose perspective the film relies on to turn encounters with rambling drunks and glitter-covered hippie street musicians into evocative little miracles. »

- Alicia Van Couvering

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Our Year Without Sunlight

12 March 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Courtesy of the filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross

Bill and Turner Ross are the directors of “Tchoupitoulas,” which premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Tex. this past weekend.

Tchoupitoulas” (pronounced “chop-ih-tool-us”) is an artifact of the most recent chapter of an adventure that began at ages 2 and 0, respectively. We’ve been following shiny things and getting in trouble ever since.

We make our films to get the ideas out of our system and, once they are, »

- Bill and Turner Ross

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SXSW 2012. Previews

9 March 2012 8:27 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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Year in, year out, the true lone star of SXSW is the city of Austin itself, and its flagship weekly, the Chronicle, has just opened its biggest-ever microsite dedicated to the three-pronged festival (Interactive, Film, Music). SXSW Film opens tomorrow and runs through March 17, perfectly timed for sightings of the first bluebonnets springing up alongside I-35. I'll be posting notes and impressions from the first week of the festival, but for now, here's a quick skim of the previews.

In the Chronicle, Marc Savlov talks with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon about their Opening Night headliner, The Cabin in the Woods, previews Patrick Forbes's Wikileaks: Secrets and Lies and Brian Knappenberger's We Are Legion: The Rise of the Hacktivists and talks with Gareth Evans about The Raid: Redemption.

Leah Churner meets Danielle McCarthy, producer of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, "a new documentary about »

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20 Films (And Other Things) I’M Looking Forward To At SXSW

8 March 2012 7:00 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

SXSW starts tomorrow, hotels and airfares were sold out long ago, and Austin’s data networks are already trembling. I’ll be there, and here are 20 films and other things that I’m looking forward to catching.

1. Tchoupitoulas. Bill and Turner Ross won Best Documentary at SXSW in 2009 with their doc, 45365. Their new film, Tchoupitoulas (pictured), promises to be a similarly beguiling exploration of time and place. It is about, in the words of the filmmakers, “three kids, New Orleans at night, and Music,” and it’s produced by the founding members of Court 13, whose Beasts of the Southern Wild was Sundance’s most exciting discovery this year.

2. The Sheik and I. Note to politically sensitive Middle Eastern art fairs: you don’t commission a cinematic provocateur like Caveh Zahedi to make a film about “art as a subversive act” if you can’t handle the consequences. One did, and »

- Scott Macaulay

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