Programme

BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS

Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

USA, 2020 / 98 min / English OV / Drama, Documentary

In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it’s last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s.

In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it's last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. Its regulars, a cross section of American life, form a community—tight-knit yet forged in happenstance, teetering between dignity and debauchery, reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future: America at the end of 2016. That’s the premise, at least; the reality is as unreal as the world they're escaping from. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a mosaic of disparate lives adrift in a failed society – disillusioned and reeling, singing while their ship goes down.

“an elegiac portrait of a tiny world fading away but still warm and beating with the comfort of community.” Sundance Film Festival

 

Screenings
Thu 11/03 16:00 Cinémathèque EN OV Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003364
Awards
  • Best Director, Champs-Élysées Film Festival, 2020 (France)
  • Best of Festival, Nevada City Film Festival, 2020 (USA)
  • Best Documentary Feature, Nevada City Film Festival, 2020 (USA)
  • True Vision Award, True/False Film Fest, 2020 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Peter Elwell, Michael Martin, Shay Walker, Cheryl Fink, John Nerichow, Lowell Lande, Ira J. Clark
Screenplay 
Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
Cinematographer 
Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
Sound 
Ben Kruse
Music 
Casey Wayne McAllister
Production 
Department of Motion Pictures
Distribution 
Piece of Magic Entertainment
Biography

Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross

Born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, and both graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Bill (*1980) and Turner Ross (*1982) began working in the film industry in Los Angeles, with Bill as an editor and filmmaking teacher, and Turner in art departments on studio features. But they soon decided to eschew the day jobs of Hollywood and continue the creative partnership they began as kids by making their own films. In their documentaries, they push the art of presenting uninhibited portraits of and journeys through places, with all the complicated, humanistic, and lyrical truth that that entails. For their documentary 45365 (2009), a portrait of their home town, the two directors received numerous awards including Best Documentary Feature at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival. Three years later, they followed up with Tchoupitoulas about their second home of New Orleans.

Filmography
  • Bill Ross IV
  • 2020 – Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (documentary)
  • 2020 – Wendy
  • 2018 – No Time to Look Back (short)
  • 2016 – Contemporary Color
  • 2015 – Western (documentary)
  • 2013 – River (documentary)
  • 2012 – Tchoupitoulas (documentary)
  • 2010 – Dinosaur Curtains (documentary short)
  • 2009 – 45365 (documentary)
  • Turner Ross
  • 2020 – Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (documentary)
  • 2020 – Wendy
  • 2018 – No Time to Look Back (short)
  • 2016 – Contemporary Color
  • 2015 – Western (documentary)
  • 2012 – Tchoupitoulas (documentary)
  • 2010 – Dinosaur Curtains (documentary short)
  • 2009 – 45365 (documentary)