Part of our One Hit Wonders series, showcasing great new documentaries at special one-night-only screenings!
“NYT CRITICS PICK! A heady hybrid of documentary and dream. It is alive with the risk and curiosity of youth, and unapologetic in insisting that the pursuit of fun can be a profound and transformative experience.” – AO Scott, New York Times
“Gorgeous … a grand travelogue. The filmmakers have captured on film something rare: what a night spent stumbling about New Orleans actually feels like.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
“Provocative … energetically fresh … Suggests nothing less than David Gordon Green's George Washington reimagined in the French Quarter by Stan Brakhage.” – Eddie Cockrell, Variety
Produced by members of the film collective behind the acclaimed feature Beasts of the Southern Wild, Tchoupitoulas provides a very different evocation of New Orleans life, telling the story of the city’s thriving nocturnal population. This lyrical documentary is a visually exhilarating and aurally immersive record of one night in the many lives of those who revel in the New Orleans night life. Three adolescent brothers and their dog act as our wide-eyed tour guides as they cheerfully wander the French Quarter from sunset to sunrise, through a parade of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers who dance through the lamp lit streets and doorways of the Crescent City. The result is a lyrical and kaleidoscopic city symphony, capturing New Orleans, childhood, and the spirit of exploration with quiet observation and deft imagery. With Tchoupitoulas, filmmaking duo The Ross Brothers have crafted a unique, poetic ode to a recovering city and its people. (Dir. by Bill and Turner Ross, 2012, 82 mins., Not Rated, Oscilloscope Films) Digital