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Sept. 22 — Through The Lens: ‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’

Screenshot of the film Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets. Picture is of a man sitting at a bar.
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Join us for a free online screening of Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets with a post-film Q&A with directors Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross moderated by RadioWest host Doug Fabrizo.

September 22, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Free event


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.

"Through the Lens" series is a film & conversation program presented in partnership by Utah Film Center, KUER and RadioWest with support from Tanner Center for Human Rights, George S. and Dolores Doré, Eccles Foundation and Utah Humanities.

Prior to the screening, RadioWest will interview filmmakers from the film on their show. Listen to the interview here.

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