SXSW FILM 2013
By Don Simpson | April 12, 2013
Writer-director Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color is precisely what I love most about art, it is a fully immersive experience that questions the way in which we perceive the world. A head trip of sound and vision, the meanings and intentions of Upstream Color seem impossibly oblique. There is only one thing that is for certain — there is nothing absolute about Upstream Color.
Functioning as writer, director, producer, cinematographer, composer, and editor, Carruth is the epitome of the modern day auteur. No matter how confusing and frustrating Upstream Color may be, there is no denying the amazingly singular artistic vision that produced this film. Echoing the godlike control that is held over the film’s test subjects, Carruth is the grand creator and chief inquisitor of this uniquely cinematic world.
We met up with Carruth at the Driskill Hotel, found a nice table decorated with a simple bowl of fruit and started chatting about Upstream Color…or at least that is what we thought we were talking about. Well, here is the video — see if you can make any sense out of this conversation.