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Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #17: Bill and Turner Ross, ''Tchoupitoulas'

Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire March 6, 2012 at 10:37AM

Bill and Turner Ross, whose doc "45365" premiered at SXSW in 2009, return with "Tchoupitoulas." The brothers were raised in Sidney, Ohio and are current residents of New Mexico and New Orleans, respectively. Bill says his experience is in "Jordans and a gold chain was living it up," while Turner admits, "My background was in painting and reckless wandering. Then I taught myself how to use a camera."
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Bill and Turner Ross, whose doc "45365" premiered at SXSW in 2009, return with "Tchoupitoulas." The brothers were raised in Sidney, Ohio and are current residents of New Mexico and New Orleans, respectively. Bill says his experience is in "Jordans and a gold chain was living it up," while Turner admits, "My background was in painting and reckless wandering. Then I taught myself how to use a camera."

What it's about: "Three young brothers take to the night streets of New Orleans. (This is not social issue film. It is not about hurricanes. And it is not a sequel to '45365.')"

Biggest challenge during the shoot? "Sleeping. We shot only at night."

What do you want SXSW audiences to get from this film? "A desire to stay up all night."

Did any movies inspire you? "Not in the making of it, but a couple kept the energy up during: 'The Exiles.' 'Touki Bouki.'"

Future projects? "We shot a real life Western down on the Texas border. It’s in post."

What would you like to get our of your SXSW 2012 experience? "At least a dozen really good stories."

Last words? "Come find us in Austin!"


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This article is related to: Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Tchoupitoulas