YouTube du Jour: Tchoupitoulas


Locally made film Tchoupitoulas has received much praise since screening at South by Southwest Film Festival in March—“visually masterful” and “startlingly fresh point of view” were two descriptions in the press—but Friday, July 20 is its long-due public premiere in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Film Society, Louisiana State Museum, and Louisiana Museum Foundation are teaming up for another outdoor screening on the Film Society’s new, 25-foot inflatable screen, playing the film on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint beginning when the sun goes down around 8:30 p.m. Little Freddie King will perform starting at 8 p.m. until the movie begins. Tickets are $6, or $3 for Film Society, Louisiana Museum Foundation, and Friends of the Cabildo members. The Rue Chow food truck will also be at the screening, and they’re planning to serve a varied menu of Korean BBQ, Chicken Pita, Hawaiian Pork Sliders, Crawfish Etouffee Fritters, Garlic Butter Fries, Buttered Popcorn, and Vanilla Bean Pound Cake with Vanilla Frosting.

The three Zander brothers, the subjects of the movie, will be at the screening for a Q&A discussion following the film, as well as the two brothers who directed Tchoupitoulas, Bill and Turner Ross. Above is the trailer, and below you can the Ross brothers talking about their movie at the Dallas Film Festival in April. You can also read my interview with director Bill Ross and co-producer Michael Gottwald (also a producer of Beasts of the Southern Wild) from before Tchoupitoulas was shown at the Sync Up conference during Jazz Fest.


  • Meredith Ramsey

    This happens tonight, July 19?

  • Ben Berman

    Happens tomorrow night, July 20. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Dana J. LaVigne

    Wow!… the trailer shows nothing. Meters sound good though. Unbelievable how progressive the rhythm break sounds.