TCHOUPITOULAS, director Bill Ross


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“Tchoupitoulas” is a story of the New Orleans night. It is a visually exhilarating and aurally immersive record 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, vignettes, performances, and exchanges, “Tchoupitoulas” is a kaleidoscopic odyssey into another side of New Orleans. Bill and Turner Ross (45365) join us for a conversation on the joys of childhood, filmmaking and New Orleans nightlife.

“It is alive with the risk and curiosity of youth, and unapologetic in insisting that the pursuit of fun can be a profound and transformative experience.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

 “Without offering much context or addressing obvious social issues, it’s an evocative tribute to its setting and to childhood innocence.” – Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue

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