PRIMER
2004, erbp, 77 min, USA, Dir: Shane Carruth

This micro-budget sci-fi film, one of the most thought-provoking in recent memory, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Engineers tinkering in a garage invent a device that opens up time-travel possibilities; their attempts to exploit the discovery quickly spiral out of control. “The experience of watching PRIMER is so intensely pleasurable that you’ll want to see it several times, not so much to figure it out (that’s a fringe benefit) as to revel in its striking composition and wry sense of humor.” - Mike D’Angelo, Esquire


UPSTREAM COLOR
2013, erbp, 96 min, USA, Dir: Shane Carruth

As in his striking debut PRIMER, writer-director Shane Carruth’s follow-up feature uses a sci-fi premise as a jumping-off point to explore deep philosophical territory. When a thief forces a mind-controlling parasite on Kris (Amy Seimetz), she loses not just her possessions but part of her identity. As she tries to rebuild her life, she meets Jeff (Carruth), the victim of a similar crime, and the two begin a relationship. A feast for both eye and ear (it won the sound design prize at Sundance), UPSTREAM COLOR was hailed by Variety as “a stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking.”


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