WATCH: Trailer For 'Upstream Color,' From 'Primer' Writer-Director Shane Carruth
The writer/director/star of 2004's Primer (and, eerily, NOTHING ELSE!!!!) is bringing his secretive new project to Sundance next month. (Between this and Zal Batmanglij's The East, the Sundance team should seriously consider rechristening the 2013 Fest as "Paranoid Futurists Hit The Slopes!")
After a few days of sending out cryptic twitpics from the @UpstreamColor account (close-ups of text on a page, which some sleuthed were actually taken from the works of Henry David Thoreau) today we finally got a link to a short teaser on Apple.
Before this, all we knew about the film was that "a man and a woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism." After watching the teaser, we don't know much more.
The opening shot includes: A jug of independently spinning ice water, a copy of Thoreau's Walden (thematic constant!) and a man calmly explaining that his head is made from the same material as the sun. Why not?
Some creepy rumbles follow, then the sound of rising strings, then a dude wearing headphones, a shot of a pig, followed by a whole lot of God-knows-what including a man angrily landscaping.
Personally, I was taken by the shot of colored vapor emerging from - I dunno, cells? Grapes? It reminded me of the "Bring home the motherlode, Barry!" sequence of Panos Cosmatos' remarkable head film Beyond The Black Rainbow. Hey, upstream COLOR and BLACK RAINBOW? Could this be some sort of cross-universe dealie? (No, it can't. Unless you are on the right drugs when you see it, in which case, it's all one big film, man.)