By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 30, 2013 at 2:09PM
Out on DVD today, via Oscilloscope Laboratories is Bill and Turner Ross's lauded award-winning lyrical documentary Tchoupitoulas - a story of the New Orleans night, as seen through the eyes of a child.
Abstractly aural and visual, it is a sensory document of one night in the many lives of a thriving nocturnal populace. Three young boys act as our wide-eyed conduits to a parade of entertainers and revelers as they dance through the lamp lit streets and doorways of the Crescent City. From dusk to dawn, from Rampart to the river, we explore the lives and locales of one of the world's most unique cities. In moments surreal, and others patiently observational, Tchoupitoulas is a kaleidoscopic odyssey into another side of New Orleans.
By the way, "Tchoupitoulas" is a street in New Orleans, once a river shipping commerce hot-spot (it's close to the Mississippi River), but is now heavily residential and commercial, with hotels, restaurants and lots of people traffic.
The award-winning Ross Brothers made their feature film debut with 45365, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009.
In celebration of the film's DVD release today, Oscilloscope has granted S&A three (3) copies of the disc, which 3 of you can win this week, by answering a simple question about the film: At what Austin, TX film festival did Tchoupitoulas make its World Premiere in 2012?
I even narrowed your choices down quite a bit by telling you what city the festival takes place in.
Send your answers to me via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject heading, enter the following: "Tchoupitoulas DVD Giveaway"
You have until this Friday, May 3rd, at 11:59pm EST, to enter the contest.
By the way, the DVD package comes with a second film - the 2013 Independent Spirit Award-nominated coming of age documentary Only The Young. So you're getting 2 films in one package.
Extra features include:
ONLY THE YOUNG Special Features
- Feature-length audio commentary with directors Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims, and film journalist Eric Hynes
- Theatrical trailer
TCHOUPITOULAS Special Features
- Theatrical trailer
And if you need a refresher, here's a teaser trailer for Tchoupitoulas: