Writer-director-actor Shane Carruth answered questions following a screening of "Upstream Color" at New Directors/New Films 2013.
About the Film:
Ever since his 2004 debut, filmmaker Shane Carruth has prompted curiosity over what he'd come up with next. Upstream Color meets expectations but is also starkly different and markedly advanced. It represents something new in American cinema, exploring life's surprising jumps and science's strange effects. A love story embedded in a kidnap plot, Upstream Color leaps with great audacity through its sequences, a cinematic simulacrum of the way we reflect on our lives, astonished at, as in the title of Grace Paley's fiction collection, our Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.
7:25 - Can you talk about the decision to use a shallow depth of field?
8:48 - What was the significance of the footage Chris is viewing in the beginning of the film?
9:16 - It seems like the film is an experiment in empathy. Can you comment on that?
10:57 - The film also allows the audience to exist in the same state as the characters. Do you see this as some sort of reverse alien abduction?
11:28 - You seem to have been involved in almost every aspect of the film's production. Can you describe your work process?
12:36 - Was this film an attempt to move away from the convoluted narrative of Primer?
16:34 - Did you have a storyboard or design for the visual narrative of the film?
18:56 - Can you explain the title?
24:46 - How was the experience of finding and working with the cast?
27:24 - How long did you spend shooting the film?
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