Contemporary Color

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 97 MINUTES

CONTEMPORARY COLOR

Documentary, Music

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of Saint Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada, Contemporary Color is a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event.



Having completed an Americana trilogy of observational documentaries (Western, Tchoupitoulas, 45365), filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross direct their attention to this large scale concert performance. The Ross brothers do not simply document this night of collective performances, but conduct an immersive and visually captivating experience that captures the energy, rhythm, and artistry of the night itself.



—Tilson Allen-Merry



After the movie on Thursday, April 14: A conversation led by David Byrne with Bill and Turner Ross, with special appearances by color guarders.



Bill Ross and Turner Ross
The Ross Brothers are an independent filmmaking team whose works have been featured at museums and festivals throughout the world. They are best known for a series of documentary portraits celebrating contemporary American culture: 45365 (2009), Tchoupitoulas (2012), Western (2015) - and now Contemporary Color (2016)

David Byrne
Esteemed musician David Byrne is the force behind Talking Heads and has a prolific and expansive solo career. He has published and exhibited visual art for decades, including photography and films, and has published both fiction and non-fiction writing to great acclaim. Among his many accolades are Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards.


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Bill Ross and Turner Ross

The Ross Brothers are an independent filmmaking team whose works have been featured at museums and festivals throughout the world. They are best known for a series of documentary portraits celebrating contemporary American culture: 45365 (2009), Tchoupitoulas (2012), Western (2015)—and now, Contemporary Color (2016).

Director
Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Producer
Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, David Byrne
Editor
Bill Ross
Cinematographer
Jarred Alterman
Additional Photographers
Wyatt Garfield, Mike Palmieri, Amanda Rose Wilder, Sean Price Williams, Robert Greene, Jessica Oreck, Chris Keohane ,Steve Bognar, Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Cast
Ira Glass, Nico Muhly, Ad-Rock, Money Mark, Nelly Furtado, Devonté Hynes, tUnE-yArDs, How to Dress Well, Lucius, St. Vincent, David Byrne, Zola Jesus

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Emilie Spiegel
Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 204 7979
Emilie@cineticmedia.com
Print Source
Bill Ross
Ross Brothers
New Orleans,bill@rossbros.net
International Sales Contact
Adam Paulsen
CAA
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424 288 2000
adam.paulsen@caa.com
US Sales Contact
Adam Paulsen
CAA
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424 288 2000
adam.paulsen@caa.com