Gasoline Rainbow – Co-directors Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross

Celebrated directorial duo the Ross Brothers (Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,  Contemporary Color, 45365) turn their pioneering hybrid approach to the cinematic road trip with GASOLINE RAINBOW. Undoubtedly candid yet deeply loving, this is an expansive portrait of the new generation as told in their own words. With high school in the rearview, five teenagers from inland Oregon embark on one last adventure. Piling into a van with a busted tail light, their mission takes them to a place they’ve never been — the Pacific coast, five hundred miles away. The plan, in full: “Fuck it.” Through desert wilderness, industrial backwaters, and city streets, they connect with outsiders on the fringes and discover their lives will be determined by the trails they blaze themselves. These are forgotten kids from a forgotten town, but they have their freedom and they have each other, hurtling toward an unknowable future — and The Party at the End of the World. A SXSW and Venice Film Festival selection, GASOLINE RAINBOW depicts a wild and true coming-of-age. With a beating heart and an irrepressible spirit, this rhapsodic look at today’s American West reminds us of the timeless joys of community. We are joined by the co-directors Turner Ross and Bill Ross to talk about the immensely challenging logistics of the shoot, working with a young cast of actors, and embracing the chaos and opportunities that made Gasoline Rainbow the remarkable cinematic experience that we see on screen.

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About the filmmaker – Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV are an American filmmaking team whose work has brought them renown as some of the most innovative independent filmmakers working today — pushing the art of presenting uninhibited portraits of people and places with all the complicated, humanistic, and lyrical truth that that entails. Their work has been featured at museums and festivals throughout the world, including the Berlinale and Sundance, where they premiered Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets in 2020, and received a Special Jury Prize for Western in 2015. They have been the recipients of an Independent Spirit Award as well as accolades from CPH:DOX, Full Frame, and South by Southwest.  According to Metacritic they are tied with Paul Thomas Anderson as the 6th best reviewed filmmakers of the 21st century. In 2023, their body of work was celebrated with a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. They are members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. 

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“It’s not a documentary, but its portrayal of those first tastes of freedom is so accurate that it might as well be.” – Christian Zilko, indieWire

“For all the monkey business the kids get into, the film never condescends. If anything, you sense the filmmakers’ determination to record an as yet unjaded generation’s capacity for fun.” – Zhuo-Ning Su, Awards Daily

“Gasoline Rainbow is a joyous movie for everyone who’s ever sought community and found it waiting for them where they least expect it.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“Gorgeous to look at, with a delicate, fuzzy tactility, this is a sincere and moving study of what it means (and how it feels) to be growing up in the 2020s.” – Calum Baker, Radio Times

“There’s a distinctly timeless quality to Gasoline Rainbow… The film is too alive to be called a collection of liminal spaces, but there’s a kind of perpetual “present tense” sensation.” – Daniel Gorman, In Review Online

“An Ecstatic Road Trip Movie” – New York Magazine

“The Ross Brothers are organic, brilliant filmmakers, we’re lucky to be along for the ride.” – RogerEbert.com

“A piece of mesmerizing realism” The Film Stage