Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

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You can order a digital screening of Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets for only $10, after which you’ll have 48 hours to watch the film in a virtual screening room created just for patrons of the JBFC.

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A note from Senior Programmer Andrew Jupin: “Sometimes you want to go / Where everybody knows your name / And they’re always glad you came / You want to be where you can see / The troubles are all the same / You want to be where everybody knows your name…” So goes the hook to Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart-Angelo’s “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” which we all (hopefully) remember as the theme song to the classic sitcom Cheers. For patrons of the Roaring 20s, the bar where the fantastic Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets takes place, truer words have never been spoken.

One thing the pandemic has certainly destroyed is our ability to head into our beloved watering holes, knock a few back, laugh with friends, and bask in the cacophonous wonder of The Bar. What this film gets so right is how perfectly it captures the camaraderie and pseudo-familial feeling that comes along with being a regular at one of these places. Shown here is a makeshift family of sorts, a group of barflies and bartenders who have gathered for one last night at their beloved Roaring 20s to imbibe, laugh, argue, hug, dance, sing, watch Jeopardy! and hold onto those precious moments for as long as they can…until the sun comes up and life must move on.

There appears to be a growing number of films coming out around now that seem so precisely timed for this pandemic moment (Palm Springs and She Dies Tomorrow are two other great examples) and Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is right at home on that list. It’s a moving, funny, gritty, weird ride that reminds me of the great times I’ve had over the years in places like The Levee in Williamsburg, Bar 82 (RIP) in the East Village, Tubby Hook Tavern in Inwood, as well as Lucy’s and Foley’s in Pleasantville. We are a social species by nature, and COVID has ripped that away from us. Thankfully, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is here to help us pass the time until we can (safely) walk through our respective saloon doors again. Bless this film for doing that.

About Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets:

2020. 98 m. Bill Ross IV/Turner Ross. Utopia. US. English. NR.

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 from which the regulars are escaping. 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—a 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.

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