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Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Jul 16 — Aug 2, 2020

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Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Dirs. Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross. 2020, 98 mins. It’s last call for The Roaring ’20s, a dive bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Over the course of one long, raucous, sleepless night, an ad hoc family of drinkers and dreamers give the bar a proper send-off. Filmmaking duo Bill and Turner Ross (Western, Contemporary Color) return with another bold and heartfelt portrait of community, one that uniquely captures the culture of a seedy watering hole and the wayward souls who drift in and out of it. Evoking the premise and milieu of Cheers, yet featuring events and images too wild and strange to be scripted, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets tests the bounds of nonfiction in an effort to bring us closer to the moment, and into deeper connection with the stranger sitting next to us.

“A beautifully empathetic work of art.”—Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“[The Ross Brothers] have long played with form, and the playful bobbing and weaving of their new film—something that feels so naturalistic and happenstance, yet is constructed to build in momentum and impact—may be their finest achievement yet.”—Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times