Bill and Turner Ross are documentary filmmakers who intriguingly blur the line between standard conventions of documentary and narrative feature techniques. Their first feature, 45365, won the Best Documentary Prize at SXSW and was followed by the New Orleans set film, Tchoupitoulas.

The space between their hometown of Sidney, Ohio (45365) and New Orleans (Tchoupitoulas) was literally travelled and documented in The River, a document of their troubled houseboat trip between the two locales with Alex Ross and Kyle Rouse. The River was initially a serialized documentary released on the web before being presented as a single film for the first time at Hot Docs 2013. We met the motley crew at Bar Neon for a conversation about their stellar films, formal style and what’s on the horizon.

 

 

You can watch all of The River at the Ross Brothers’ Vimeo page:
Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five
Episode Six
Episode Seven
Episode Eight

This interview was released in February of 2014.