There’s a poetic sense of wonder that comes with being a kid and looking at the world as a guarded place you can touch but not quite enter. What’s behind closed doors and lurking in the shadows evokes a sense of mystery and adds a deliciousness to life that gets lost in the wake of the inevitable cynicism brought on by adulthood. But with their sophomore effort, Tchoupitoulas, filmmaker siblings, Bill and Turner Ross, set out to capture those “ghosts of youth.”

Filmmaker Bill Ross Talks His Extraordinary New Documentary Tchoupitoulas


“Walmart Bounce”

This is the actual Walmart I get to shop in. How lucky am I?


Tchoupitoulas: a film by the Ross Bros

My friends The Ross Brothers (their first film was the great 45365) are celebrating the theatrical release of their movie (after a successful Kickstarter campaign to finish it) which is getting insanely great reviews.


“Tchoupitoulas,” a heady hybrid of documentary and dream, is a movie by and about brothers… 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 portrait of New Orleans that is by turns poetic and poignant and rapturous.

I saw the film at SXSW last year, and had mixed reactions, but the images and the fantastic soundtrack have stuck with me. Like a lot of great work, it stirred my guts a bit because it was so different than anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s not a documentary — it’s a portrait of a place painted with real people but collaged together from different periods of time into one seamless night:

The Rosses take “documentary” to mean the documenting of an experience, and are more open about the misrepresentation of space and time for the good of the film than most other practitioners of their craft. Here, in what is no doubt a “documentary,” the filmmakers pass off more than half a year’s worth of New Orleans street life as the adventures enjoyed by three young boys over the course of a single night out.

I’m looking forward to seeing it again. These guys are on a roll.

Watch a clip then see if it’s playing in your town!
Massive sinkhole forms Uptown
NEW ORLEANS - A massive sinkhole formed Uptown near the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Constantinople Thursday afternoon. The sinkhole, which was easily more than ten feet wide and deep occurred when crews were repairing a 12" water main at the location. The hole and repair has caused water to be cut in the immediate area. In addition, there are streets affected: - Constantinople from Tchoupitoulas to S. Front - Tchoupitoulas from General Taylor to S. Front - Austerlitz from Gen. Taylor to S. Front - S. Front from Constantinople to Gen. Taylor - Marengo from S. Front to Tchoupitoulas