22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Upstream Color

USA, 2013: 96 Minutes: Canadian Premiere
Archives 2013
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Apr 17 9:30 PM


From writer-director Shane Carruth, whose 2004 film Primer won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and redefined cinematic time travel, Upstream Color follows a man and woman who are drawn together and entangled in the life-cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

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 in this thoughtful, thrilling and thoroughly unique science fiction thriller.

Sundance Film Festival 2013
Berlin International Film Festival 2013
SXSW 2013

press for Upstream Color

"Upstream Color’ is a stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking."
- Variety
"Bold, impassioned, ecstatically beautiful...in a class by itself at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival."
- Village Voice


Sci-Fi / Romance / Award at CUFF

96 Minutes


Shane Carruth

Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair, Shane Carruth

Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins




WINNER: Jury Award, Best Narrative Feature - CUFF 2013

Special Jury Prize Sound Design Sundance Film Festival 2013
Critics Choice Best Director, Berlinale 2013