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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer (Exclusive First Look!)

20 November 2013 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Clearly if Michael Tully receives an invite to Sundance this year, it won’t be for a return visit in the Park City at Midnight section. Moving from dramatic in 2006′s Cocaine Angel (Rotterdam, SXSW), to docu Silver Jew (2007 – SXSW), to the Sundance preemed atypical Southern gothic horror Septien (2011), the filmmaker (who runs one of our fave portals for American indie film worshipping – managed to lasso Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah, Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander and Sundance vet Robert Longstreet (makes his second Tully film appearance) along with a cast of pre-teens for another 180° switch from his previous material. In something that should do the summer set coming-of-ager film done right and remind me why I Love The 80s, Ping Pong Summer and received mentorship/coin helping hands from the U.S in Progress and Sffs/Krf Filmmaking Grant and completed filming in late 2012. This is ready for some tournament action. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Catching Up With Bill Ross of Tchoupitoulas

14 May 2013 7:50 AM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

In more than a few of its slim 80 minutes, Tchoupitoulas feels like it accomplishes the impossible. Tchoupitoulas, before you keep asking, is pronounced “Chop-ih-too-lus,” and it’s the second movie from Bill and Turner Ross, collectively known as the Ross Brothers. It is ostensibly a documentary, but the movie lands in a hazy area between fiction and nonfiction. You won’t find any issues being discussed, or any world problems solved, only a bleary-eyed, overnight New Orleans adventure with three teenage brothers. From the very first shot, we’re inside the brain of the younger brother, privy to his internal dialogue, and »

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S&A 'Tchoupitoulas' 3-dvd Disc Giveaway Contest (A Story Of The New Orleans Night)

30 April 2013 11:09 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Out on DVD today, via Oscilloscope Laboratories is Bill and Turner Ross's lauded award-winning lyrical documentary Tchoupitoulas - a story of the New Orleans night, as seen through the eyes of a child.  Abstractly aural and visual, it is a sensory document of one night in the many lives of a thriving nocturnal populace. Three young boys act as our wide-eyed conduits to a parade of entertainers and revelers as they dance through the lamp lit streets and doorways of the Crescent City. From dusk to dawn, from Rampart to the river, we explore the lives and locales of one of the world's most unique cities. In moments surreal, and others patiently »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Nyu's Art-and-Commerce Research Institute Gives Fellowship to Two 'Beasts' Producers and Two More

1 April 2013 9:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nyu's Cinema Research Institute, which sponsors research projects for people studying the intersection of art and commerce in film, has announced its 2013 fellows. Michael Gottwald and Josh Penn, who have produced "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and the Ross Brothers' "Tchoupitoulas," are doing research and blogging about doing grassroots-inspired audience outreach for films.  (See, for instance, Gottwald's blog post about online vs. offline organizing.)  Filmmaker Micah Schaffer ("Death of Two Sons") will be producing a resource for filmmakers to find co-production partners and cross-border financing for independent film.  Ryan Silbert (producer of "Holy Rollers," Oscar-winning short "God of Love") will be focusing on transmedia storytelling, working on the intersection of film, video games and technology. The Cinema Research Institute was launched by John Tintori, the Chair of the Graduate Film Program at Nyu as a way of fulfilling the university's motto, "a private »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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5 Broken Cameras Wins Best Doc at 2013 Cinema Eye Honors

10 January 2013 10:35 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sorry Oscars. But after the Indie Spirit Awards, the number two spot in terms of Award Season importance are the Cinema Eye Honors. Seems like it was only yesterday when Aj Schnack & Thom Powers teamed up for one basic, logical concept: an event that would reward yearly output of documentary film in a rightfully sound manner. With the wind in their sails, the 6th annual edition was held last night and deservingly so, adding to its double wins at the Idfa and Sundance, it is 5 Broken Cameras that took the top honors for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking. Co-directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi – political activism via you guessed it, five video cameras. The film was released via Kino Lorber.

The night’s only double winner, could be regarded as the silver medal doc film of the year: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia grabbed the Outstanding »

- Eric Lavallee

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