On both sides of the Rio Grande stand two villages, one American, called Eagle Pass, and the other Mexican, called Piedras Negras. The two villages have experienced centuries of friendship and peaceful days. Long-time mayor Chad Foster, a white man who speaks perfect Spanish, watches over the community with dignity, until the day when gunshots exchanged in a refectory bring this small world back to the drug trafficking and cartel law that rule over on the other side of the river. The brothers Turner and Bill Ross (Tchoupitoulas) invest in the mythical imaginary of the border and of wide open spaces, through a form of documentary writing that astutely ties together social observation and a solid dramaturgy, while collecting the leftovers of a paradise on the verge of being lost. (Mathieu Macheret)
Bill and Turner Ross are brothers who work in tandem as documentary filmmakers. Their first feature, 45365, won the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury award for Best Documentary Feature. Then, they have directed Tchoupitoulas, presented at SXSW in 2012, and Western, which won a Special Jury award at Sundance in 2015.