Wed, Jan. 13, 2021
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
Co-presented by O Cinema and Oolite Arts, this micro-budget feature film screening launches Oolite Arts’ Cinematic Arts Residency application, and is followed by a post-film discussion. Featuring an online free screening of “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,” and followed by a post-film discussion with directors Bill and Turner Ross & Oolite Arts Cinematic Arts Manager Danielle Bender.
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.
Filmmaking duo Bill and Turner Ross (Western, 2015 Sundance Film Festival) return with an elegiac portrait of a tiny world fading away but still warm and beating with the comfort of community. Their beguiling approach to nonfiction storytelling makes for a foggy memory of experience lost in empty shot glasses and puffs of smoke.
6:00 p.m. : Film
7:45-8:30 p.m. : Q&A w/ directors Bill and Turner Ross &
Oolite Arts Cinematic Arts Manager