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Bill and Turner Ross are documentary filmmakers who intriguingly blur the line between standard conventions of documentary and narrative feature techniques. Their first feature, 45365, won the Best Documentary Prize at SXSW and was followed by the New Orleans set film, Tchoupitoulas.
The space between their hometown of Sidney, Ohio (45365) and New Orleans (Tchoupitoulas) was literally travelled and documented in The River, a document of their troubled houseboat trip between the two locales with Alex Ross and Kyle Rouse. The River was initially a serialized documentary released on the web before being presented as a single film for the first time at Hot Docs 2013. We met the motley crew at Bar Neon for a conversation about their stellar films, formal style and what’s on the horizon.
Special thanks to our friends for help in releasing Issue #18: Denis Côté, Destin Cretton, Koreeda Hirokazu, Bill Ross, Turner Ross, Alex Ross, Kyle Rouse, Jeff Wright, Joanne Smale, Bonne Smith, Jasmine Pauk, Meghan Parnell, Charlotte Cook, Niki Tsourounakis, Frank Bonise, Suzan Ayscough, Liam Crockard, Julian Higuerey Nunez, Vincent Van Cooten, Jason Charters, Liam Romalis, William F. White, Signs of Toronto and Williams Design.