Shane Carruth's New Film, UPSTREAM COLOR, Plays Sundance!
I meant to do a full write-up of the movies playing the Sundance Film Festival this January, and I may still do so, but hearing that Shane Carruth has a new movie opening makes me incredibly happy. I picked PRIMER as the best time travel movie of all time. and I still believe that. It's passionate, very intelligent, and to hell with you if you can't keep up. Carruth has been working on other projects since PRIMER's release, and out of the blue, apparently, he has a finished film playing Sundance this year called UPSTREAM COLOR. And, as expected, the synopsis couldn't be more vague:
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
I have no idea what that means, exactly. Is this a science fiction film? A romance? Something more surreal and thought-provoking? It's probably all of those things. Whatever Carruth has cooked up, I'm there. Here's some images from the movie, courtesy of www.shanecarruth.com (where you can download PRIMER!):
UPSTREAM COLOR opens at Sundance in January, then later this spring. I wish I was at Sundance this year to find out what this is. Either way, I can't wait.
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Nov. 28, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST
by Bruce Thomas Wayne
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST
Sounds like Carruth is ventureing in Tarkovsky territory. (Which sounds not only very enticeing, but a natural and welcome progession. Been waiting some time for his next feature.)
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST
And thanks Mr. Wayne for posting something on topic. Glad to see the first post was one of enthusiasm.
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST
And the idea of humans as individual cells nonetheless programmed to play a part in a wider organism, that is very provocative stuff.
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST
I have been waiting for Carruth to make another movie since seeing Primer, which I also rank as the best Time Travel movie ever made. Great news, cannot wait to check this out.
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST
Carruth did a low budget BENCHMARK movie. Primer was riveting and smart and crazy. Hopefully his follow-up will be even 1/2 as cool and clever. Thumbs up.
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST
by Bill Clay
Because trying to figure out Primer gave me a headache. I think Willis' line in Looper about time travel rules being too complicated to explain was a subtle joke about Primer.
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST
Willis' line in Looper about time travel was an attempt to get the audience to stop thinking about how off the time travel concept in Looper was. Great movie nonetheless.
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST
by la te ral us
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST
by la te ral us
It's probably next to impossible to nail a first feature harder than he did with Primer.
Nov. 28, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST
When it occurred to me That the animals are swimming Around in the water In the oceans in our bodies And another had been found Another ocean on the planet, Given that our blood is just like the Atlantic. And how the universe Is shaped exactly like the earth. If you go straight long enough You'll end up where you were.
Nov. 28, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST
This is excellent news! I too have been waiting patiently for Shane Carruth's next film, and "Upsteam Color" sounds appropriately out-there and intense. Sweet. Also -- good lyrics post, chaunceygardiner. Modest Mouse, eh? I'll have to check that out.
Nov. 28, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST
I cannot vocalize how badly I've wanted this guy to make another movie. When I saw the headline my eyes actually widened.
Nov. 28, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST
Skip to 7:01 in the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDkZwgh7qC8 This would definitely a hard idea to portray in film, but could be very cool and unique if handled well on screen.
Nov. 29, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST
I hoping for something amazing, but also preparing for a jumbled, incomprehensible disaster. I love Primer, so I'm rooting for the amazing. . .
Nov. 29, 2012, 5:29 a.m. CST
I think the Hyper-entity must be a kind of ouroboros. . . after all, we are animals, so we need to masticate and consume organic matter to fuel our respiration, which is technically other cells in this same hyper-organism. The energy from the sun beams down and grows the roots of this thing, but as the tendrils grow and start to move, they adapt by eating other parts. It's most mobile, intelligent parts can no longer feel/use the sun anymore, and must sustain itself on other tendrils. So a billion years ago, this interconnected web of life is violated by a cancer cell we call the Comb Jelly (an animal), which evolved to feed on organic matter. The more I think about it, the more this hyper-entity feels like a horror story. . .
Nov. 29, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST
Nov. 29, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST
It's been so long since Primer I assumed Shane was a one and done director.
Nov. 29, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST
Hope he either had an outside DP for this, or bought a tape measure.
Nov. 29, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST
2 or 3 times and really concentrate to nearly understand it all. I read an explanation online and alot really goes on behind the scenes as we the viewer only stay with the "prime" versions (or so we think) of the 2 main characters. The other versions are there doing stuff but we dont see it. I love the film but rewatch now and again when my brain is ready to try and "get" more of it.
Nov. 29, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST
Can't wait for this.
Nov. 29, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST
What I love about it is that it's almost more like you're overhearing a movie than actually watching one. I wouldn't want all moves to be made that way, but it was cool. Carruth consulted on Looper with regards to the time travel rules.
Nov. 29, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST
I've had Primer in my instant play queue for like, forever. Kept telling myself I'd watch it. But oh, no, I just have to watch the next episode of Walking Dead or Tremors 3 or Dora the Explorer or whatever fucking garbage I start watching at 3 am. So I just checked my queue and *poof* Primer is gone. Fuck. Okay, time to start up my dvd rentals again. Sigh.
Nov. 29, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST
Weird to hear that as that movies rules were all over the place. Primers were very specific and really well done
Nov. 29, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST
Is that like having sex with a pregnant lady? Just kidding, women don't orgasm.
Nov. 30, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST
I just re-checked my information, and I guess Carruth worked on visual effects for the time travel... whatever that means.
Nov. 30, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST
by Humie Bubbie
That party scene that was only actually talked about instead of scene kind of killed it for me. Here's an integral scene for the story, and you just talk about it because what, you can't get enough people in the room to shoot it? Never understood that.
Dec. 1, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST
Which version do you think the audience should have seen? There were so many. For me, it's brilliant that it's never seen.
Dec. 1, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST
Also they discuss so many outcomes to the party before they perfect it, so which one would we see? The last....why, why see only the end product and not what went wrong so many times before the "perfect moment" was attained?
Dec. 1, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
Sounds a bit Communistic equating individuals to cells in a organism.
Dec. 2, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST
Hell, reminds me of the lifecycle of the Aliens. Prometheus could have gone into some of this kind of thing, perhaps to explain the motivations of the Engineers a bit better, not completely, but less vague at least.
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