The AV Club presents Upstream Color and Primer with director Shane Carruth

Friday 12 – Saturday 13 April 2013

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! Tickets are still available for a 5pm screening of Upstream Color featuring a discussion with Director Shane Carruth. The 5pm screening will not include a screening of Primer

Tickets available for the 5pm screening by clicking HERE


Opening exclusively in Chicago at the Music Box on April 12, Carruth’s new film, Upstream Color, is a gorgeous piece of filmmaking about two broken souls who share a unique bond.

On the opening night of the film’s regular run at the Music Box Theatre please join critic Scott Tobias of the AV Club and the Music Box Theatre for a very special double feature of Carruth’s work. First the audience will be treated to Upstream Color. Next up will be Carruth’s 2004 breakthrough Primer, a $7,000 feature (shot on 16mm, no less) that’s earned a cult following for its sophisticated twist on the complications of time travel. Carruth will introduce the films and do a Q&A between Upstream Color and Primer.

Upstream Color will continue through April 19th, for more information on the regular run of the film, please CLICK HERE


Friday, April 12th, 2013

  • 7:30pm: Upstream Color
  • 9:45pm: Primer


Tickets are for the double feature of Upstream Color and Primer with director Shane Carruth.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of.

Tickets for just Primer will only be available the night of the screening after Upstream Color has finished.


  • Fri 12 Apr 2013, 7:30pm

Upstream Color (2012)

directed by Shane Carruth starring Andrew Sensenig, Shane Carruth, Amy Seimetz in English

Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.

Shane Carruth’s sensuously directed and much anticipated sophomore effort (his feature debut, Primer, won the Sundance Film Festival 2004 Grand Jury Prize) is a truly remarkable film that lies beyond the power of language to communicate while it delivers a cohesive sensory experience. With its muscular cinematic language rooted in the powerful yearnings felt before words can be formed, Upstream Color is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach.

  • Fri 12 Apr 2013, 9:45pm

Primer (2004)

directed by Shane Carruth starring Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden in English

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there’s something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they’ve built, wrestle over their new invention.

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