Press Release / March 2, 2012

SCAD alumni to premiere documentary at South By Southwest Film Festival

SCAD alumni and brothers Bill Ross (B.F.A., video and film, 2003) and Turner Ross (B.F.A., painting, 2004) will premiere their new documentary feature film, "Tchoupitoulas" at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival on March 10.

According to the filmmakers, "Tchoupitoulas" is a sensory immersion into the kaleidoscopic New Orleans night told through the eyes of three young brothers. It's a document of a time and place, but also a reflection on the memories they have from their childhood in New Orleans and the ghosts that seemed to frequent their journeys into the mysterious world of the 'adult."

Risk-taking artists

'Tchoupitoulas' was called one of the "Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012" by It is being presented as part of SXSW's Emerging Visions category, which presents "audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking."

Their previous documentary feature film, "45365," which Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called an "achingly, beautiful film," was a Grand Jury Award Winner at SXSW 2009 and won Best Documentary at the 2009 Savannah Film Festival. "45365" will have an encore screening at this year's South By Southwest.

Watch teasers of 'Tchoupitoulas.'

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