Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

Friday, March 19 - Thursday, March 25, 2021

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.

All screenings of BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS feature an exclusive video introduction from filmmakers Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross, recorded to welcome back audiences to IFC Center for our reopening. Watch a compilation of highlights from all the filmmaker intros we received here.

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 98 minutes
  • Director Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
  • Producer Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross, Michael Gottwald, Chere Theriot
  • Editor Bill Ross IV
  • Cinematographer Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross