Chauncey -Theater 1 Sun, Mar 8, 2020 7:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Vino Vérité
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:98 mins
Director:Bill & Turner Ross
Year Released:2020
Production Country:USA


Member tickets now on sale. Public sale Monday, February 24, noon.

Presented by Bread Garden MarketLittle Village, and FilmScene

DIALOGUE: Directors Bill & Turner Ross in person
Sunday, March 8, 7pm

Our first Vino Vérité of 2020 challenges our conceptions of observational documentary. The Ross Brothers fabricate an elegy to a Vegas dive bar from real world pieces populated by actual characters—eliciting authentic experience from creative construct.

The Vino Vérité series features talented new voices and established filmmakers influenced by the vérité tradition in person to present their thought-provoking, chance-taking, and visually-arresting films. Each selection is paired with hand-selected wines from Bread Garden Market.

Tickets: $20 public / $15 members // $10 students. Includes wine tasting, film, hors d'oeuvres and filmmaker reception.
6:30 Hors d'oeuvres & wine tasting
7:00 Theater open for seating
7:15 Screening
9:00 Q&A + Reception with filmmaker, wine and dessert

"Is the movie fiction? Yes, technically. Is it nonfiction? Not exactly. Is it "real"? Absolutely." — Vox


The Ross Brothers' fifth feature is a beguiling nonfiction experiment. In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it's last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. That’s the premise, at least; the reality is as unreal as the world the regulars are escaping from. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a mosaic of disparate lives, teetering between dignity and debauchery, reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future, and singing as their ship goes down.


The Ross Brothers are an American filmmaking team whose credits include the award-winning films 45365 (2009), TCHOUPITOULAS (2012), WESTERN (2015), and CONTEMPORARY COLOR (2017). Born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, and both graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Bill and Turner Ross began work in the film industry in Los Angeles, with Bill as an editor and filmmaking teacher, and Turner in art departments on studio features. But they soon decided to eschew the day jobs of Hollywood and continue the creative partnership they began as kids by making their own films. In the years since, their films have brought them renown as some of the most innovative and interesting documentary filmmakers working today, with a style all their own and always evolving — pushing the art of presenting uninhibited portraits of and journeys through places, with all the complicated, humanistic, and lyrical truth that that entails.

Sundance (2020) — World Premiere
Berlinale (2020) — Official Selection
True/False Film Festival (2020) — Official Selection

"Reaches for something just as truthful as either pure doc or pure fiction, finding a hybrid place in the middle that makes it no less powerful." —

"It’s an arthouse twist on the reality TV cocktail: Stir a dozen or so hand-picked heavy-drinkers into an actual bar with actual alcohol, and with a spritz of plot setup, these extroverts start talking about life, love, sex, war, family, politics, aging and regret." —Variety

"In uncertain times, the film brilliantly finds the strongest national institution we have isn't made of bricks or even laws, but of people and as unpredictable as they may be, they can all offer something solid." — Moveable Feast