Since their first feature about their home town Sidney, Ohio, a distinctive characteristic of the Ross Bros approach has been to immerse themselves in the communities in which they work, often spending months embedded with their subjects before picking up a camera. In this masterclass, Bill and Turner Ross will discuss how their methods of work shape their highly crafted final products. Each of the films rest on a central formal conceit around which they play inventively : the iconography of small town America, the lost weekend and the (non-fiction) Western. They will discuss how, by moving away from the dogma that has defined the traditional observational film, they have begun to make a new form of cinema verité.
The Ross Brothers' Americana Trilogy, 45365, Tchoupitoulas, and Western, will screen at this year's Open City Documentary Festival.
FREE FOR INDUSTRY AND STUDENT DELEGATES