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Western

US DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Verite Filmmaker

About

YEAR 2015

SECTION U.S. Documentary Competition

COUNTRY U.S.A

RUN TIME 93 min

LANGUAGE English and Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

In his classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens famously wrote "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." That line sums up the story of Western, the latest film from Bill and Turner Ross, a documentary destined to become a classic itself. Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico, two towns on opposite sides of the border have shared a harmonious history until the specter of cartel violence threatens to divide them.

In Eagle Pass we meet Martin Wall, a fifth-generation cattleman, and Chad Foster, the longtime mayor. Defined by self-determination with livelihoods as old as the desert around them, both cowboy and lawman are stripped of life as they know it by forces beyond their control.

With their ravishing signature verité, brimming with metaphor, the Ross brothers have crafted a contemporary story of idyllic harmony suddenly shattered, of darkness on the edge of town. Aptly titled, Western is both a modern take on a classic cinematic tradition and a timely examination of life on the American frontier today—all the more potent because it is true. —D.C.


EMAIL michael@court13.com

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Artist Bio

Bill and Turner Ross, directors, are brothers who work in tandem as documentary filmmakers. Their first feature, 45365, won the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature and the 2010 Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award. Other accolades for the film include nominations for editing, cinematography, and debut feature at the Cinema Eye Honors, and selection for broadcast as part of PBS's Independent Lens series. Their second feature, Tchoupitoulas, had its world premiere at SXSW in 2012 and premiered internationally at the CPH:DOX, where it won Special Mention. The film also won the Emerging Artist Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.