In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it's the last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. That’s the premise, at least; the reality is as unreal as the world the regulars are escaping from. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a mosaic of disparate lives, teetering between dignity and debauchery, reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future, and singing as their ship goes down.
Filmmaking duo Bill and Turner Ross (Western,2015 Sundance Film Festival) return with an elegiac portrait of a tiny world fading away but still warm and beating with the comfort of community. Their beguiling approach to non-fiction storytelling makes for a foggy memory of experience lost in empty shot glasses and puffs of smoke.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
BILL ROSS IV AND TURNER ROSS - Directors / Producers / Cinematographers
The Ross Brothers are an American filmmaking team whose credits include the award-winning films 45365 (2009), TCHOUPITOULAS (2012), WESTERN (2015), and CONTEMPORARY COLOR(2017). Born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, and both graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Bill and Turner Ross began work 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 the years since, their films have brought them renown assome of the most innovative and interesting documentary filmmakers working today, with a style all their own and always evolving -- pushing the art of presenting uninhibited portraits ofand journeys through places, with all the complicated, humanistic, and lyrical truth that entails.
Their work has been featured at museums and film festivals throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center in New York,the Centre Pompidouin Paris,and the British Film Institute in London.