Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

USA | 2020 | 99 min. | Bill Ross, Turner Ross

July 24 - August 28, 2020

Virtual SIFF Cinema

In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it's last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. A document of real people, in an unreal situation, facing an uncertain future: America at the end of 2016.

In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it's last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. Its regulars, a cross section of American life, form a community-tight-knit yet forged in happenstance, teetering between dignity and debauchery, reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future. That's the premise, at least; the reality is as unreal as the world they're escaping from. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a mosaic of disparate lives adrift in a failed society—disillusioned and reeling, singing while their ship goes down.

"An incredible piece of direct cinema that captures that last 18 hours of a Las Vegas dive bar before it closes its door for good."—IndieWire

"A beautifully empathetic work of art."—Vox

"Bursting with humanity, grounded in humility, and in love with the poetry of faces, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a classic indie film that will irritate or mystify some viewers while inspiring evangelical fervor in others."--Matt Zoller Seitz, rogerebert.com

  • Director: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2020
  • Running Time: 99 min.
  • Producer: Michael Gottwald, Chere Theriot
  • Cinematographers: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
  • Editors: Bill Ross IV
  • Music: Casey Wayne McAllister
  • Filmography: Contemporary Color (2016), Western (2015), Tchoupitoulas (2012), 45365 (2009)
  • Language: English