This has been a busy couple of weeks for writer/director Shane Carruth. We just found out that he finally doing a follow up to his 2004 indie time travel film, Primer, called Upstream Color. That alone is exciting news. Primer, the story of a couple of engineers who build a time machine in a storage unit, is an inventive, complex take on the subject, made for a mere $7000. It’s a perfect example of what you can do with a great idea and storytelling. We also found out that Upstream Color is going to premiere at Sundance next month, and then we got a teaser trailer.
And now there’s more. Hot on the heels of that first teaser, comes a second short trailer.
This new trailer, “Starlings,” takes a drastically different approach from the first one, titled “Head Like a Sun.” That initial glimpse had an ominous, sinister vibe to it. I still have little to no idea what Upstream Color is actually about, but this is definitely a kinder, gentler view. There is more focus on the relationship between the characters, and while it is still vague, you get the feeling that they’re doling out single pieces, giving you a glimpse at one facet at a time.
The official synopsis doesn’t shed much light on the subject:
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.
See, told you. For some reason I doubt that anything we see before actually viewing the film, will be able to tell us much about it. And if it’s anything like Primer, it’ll require multiple viewings regardless.