DO-IT-ALL DIRECTOR SHANE CARRUTH IN PERSON FOR MIND-BLOWING DOUBLE FEATURE AT MUSIC BOX THEATRE
OPENING NIGHT OF NEW FILM UPSTREAM COLOR IS FOLLOWED BY HIS 2004 CULT HIT PRIMER WITH LIVE Q&A IN BETWEEN
Friday, April 12 at Music Box Theatre
**The 7:30pm show of Upstream Color is completely sold out! Due to popular demand, director Shane Carruth will now also attend the 5pm screening of Upstream Color on Friday, April 12 with a post show discussion. (The 5pm screening will not include a screening of Primer).
Shane Carruth’s new feature film Upstream Color opens exclusively in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre for a regular run starting Friday, April 12. This gorgeous piece of experimental science-fiction is about two broken souls who share a unique (and hallucinatory) bond. On opening night of the run, the Music Box welcomes the do-it-all filmmaker – writer, director, star, producer, co-editor, composer, casting director, production designer, sound designer and distributor – in person for a very special double feature of his work. First the audience will be treated toUpstream Color at 7:30pm. Next up will be Carruth’s 2004 breakthrough Primer – which beat out Garden State andNapoleon Dynamite to take home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and subsequently earned a cult following for its sophisticated twist on the complications of time travel – at 9:45pm. Carruth will introduce the films and do a Q&A withAV Club’s Scott Tobias between shows, Friday, April 12 at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue. Upstream Color will continue its regular Chicago run through April 19 at the Music Box Theatre.
Friday, April 12th
· 7:30pm: Upstream Color
· 9:45pm: Primer
Tickets: The double feature of Upstream Color and Primer with director Shane Carruth is $12 in advance at www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/the-av-club-presents-upstream-color-and-primer-with-director-shane-carruth or $15 day of at the Music Box Theatre box office. Tickets for just Primer will only be available the night of the screening after Upstream Color has finished.
Upstream Color (2012): 7:30pm
Shane Carruth’s sensuously directed and much anticipated sophomore effort is a truly remarkable film that lies beyond the power of language to communicate while it delivers a cohesive sensory experience. With its muscular cinematic language rooted in the powerful yearnings felt before words can be formed, Upstream Color is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach. Kris (Amy Seimetz ) is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.
Primer (2004) 9:45pm
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there’s something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they’ve built, wrestle over their new invention. Shane Carruth’s feature debut, which cost $7,000 and was shot on 16mm, won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2004.
About the Music Box Theatre:
For nearly 30 years the Music Box Theatre has been the premier venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films, festivals and some of the greatest cinematic events in Chicago. It currently has the largest cinema space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States. For additional information please visit www.musicboxtheatre.com .