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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Upstream Color</i>'s Shane Carruth Talks About Interpretation, Control, and Already Getting Into His Next Film

Upstream Color's Shane Carruth Talks About Interpretation, Control, and Already Getting Into His Next Film

"Spooky action at a distance" was Einstein's skeptical phrase for quantum entanglement, and as good a summary as any for the mysteries at play in Shane Carruth's Upstream Color. The official synopsis goes like this: "A man and woman are…
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Film, "Upstream Color": Life Inside an Ageless Organism

"Upstream Color": Life Inside an Ageless Organism

Early on in Upstream Color, a woman named Kris (Amy Seimetz) sits at a computer and works on a CGI rendering of some impossible creature for a movie we'll never see. It feels like a message from director Shane Carruth:…
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Film, From Major to Minor

From Major to Minor

To understand this most tumultuous year in film, over which loomed the ghost of a blessed messiah and the shadow of an accursed pariah, turn your eyes from the movie screen and look to the bookshelf. There you will find…
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Film, Mind Games

Mind Games

Before he made Primer for some $7,000, Dallas software engineer-turned-writer/director/actor/editor Shane Carruth had no idea how to make a movie. Some who see his creation will argue he still doesn't, while others will lavish upon it hearty praise reserved for…
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Culture, Stuff The Hard Sell

The Hard Sell

It was only a few days ago that Shane Carruth, software engineer-turned-filmmaker, was ready to walk away from the money on the table and keep his movie--78 minutes' worth of cheapo celluloid that had, in a Utah instant, become as…
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