Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021


Year: 2012
Country: United States
Run Time: 80 minutes


Part fable, part documentary, TCHOUPITOULAS is a mosaic of color and sound. Filmmakers Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV tag along behind three young brothers who set out to see the bright lights and hear the brassy sounds of New Orleans. William, Bryan, and Kentrell Zanders live in a chaotic house in Algiers, a short trip across the Mississippi by ferry. But it might as well be another world. With their dog Buttercup in tow, and amid a constant stream of chatter by William (the youngest and quite a philosopher), the boys take in a kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through NOLA’s lamp-lit streets. They hear rappers and violinists, steel drums and blues guitars, banjo pickers and saw players. They meet bantering oyster shuckers and primping strippers and evangelizing pamphleteers. Now the fog comes up off the river and the ferry churns homeward again. The brothers Zanders and the brothers Ross must leave the dream behind. – B.B.

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Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross were born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, and both graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Bill has taught filmmaking to students at the elementary and secondary level and conducted a summer film program for children in Los Angeles. Turner has worked in the art departments of studio and independent features. They are the recipients of grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, Chaz & Roger Ebert, Rooftop Films/AT&T, and Cinereach.

"45365" (2009), TCHOUPITOULAS (2012), "Western" (2015)

Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

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