Tchoupitoulas

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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