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Through The Lens: ‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’

Provided by Utopia

It’s the last night of a Las Vegas dive bar. The regulars gather to say goodbye to each other and to the old place. The filmmakers turn on their cameras to see what they get. Right? 

Well, sort of. In co-directors Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross’s docudrama Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, the people are real and the spirit is real. But they aren’t in Vegas and the bar isn’t closing – at least, not “The Roaring 20s,” the name of the fictitious bar in the film. But in this gathering of bartenders and patrons, audiences will find something more human and perhaps even more real than what’s in many documentaries out there. As one bartender asks in the film, “Is this the real thing? Is this really happening?” The Ross brothers invite their audience to answer that question. 

Please join us for a free online screening of Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. MDT. You can find the link to watch the film at UtahFilmCenter.org.

NOTE: Unforunately, directors Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV will not be available for the Q&A following the online screening. 

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.