Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Upstream Color (2013)

WHO: Writer/director/etc. Shane Carruth's long-awaited follow-up to his 2004 time-travel movie Primer.

WHAT: It's rare for a truly independent film to arrive on a Frisco Bay screen so soon after make a splash at the Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped just a month ago. Anyone who loved the mind-boggling Primer (and there are many) is excited to see what Carruth has come up with nine years later, especially if they paid attention to the buzz accompanying its debut. Todd McCarthy called it "beautiful, mysterious, thematically suggestive but dramatically obscure, this is an experimental art film that appealed to exactly the same fan base as Primer and suggests a deeper burrowing" into Carruth's mind. My friend Jeremy Mathews said "the film continually finds new ways to evoke unexpected feelings". I'm cherry-picking vaguely effusive quotes on the advice of Sam Adams, who suggests viewers know as little as possible about the film, "since having the movie wash over me was one of the most transcendent experiences of my moviegoing life." 

WHERE/WHEN: Screening as a sneak preview at the Roxie tonight, and opening there for a regular run starting April 12th. 

WHY: Although tonight's San Francisco Film Society-presented screening with Carruth in person is sold-out, it may be worth camping out in front of the Roxie and hoping for a "mircale" ticket to come your way. Or you can wait until April. It's nice to see the Roxie get an advance sell-out show, especially considering last weekend's Joe Swanberg series wasn't exactly a blockbuster for the venue. The SFFS presents another public screening on Thursday of this week as well: Miss Lovely, the latest feature by Ashim Ahluwalia, the director of the disquieting John and Jane Toll-Free. This will be at the New People Cinema in Japantown.

HOW: Projected digitally, I'm 99.99% sure.

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