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Dec 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Contemporary Color

With co-directors Bill and Turner Ross.

Special Preview Screening before theatrical release, courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

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 St. 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.

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Contemporary Color

107 min., 2016

“An entirely original blend of psychedelic experiences with a realistic window into American life.”
Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography and Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score, Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2017
Won Awards for Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature and Best Editing in a Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival 2016

107 min

The Ross Brothers (Bill Ross and Turner Ross) 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 is an Esteemed musician and 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.

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  • Grace Remington
  • Maya Yu Zhang
  • Samuel Budin
  • James Gannon
  • Sarah Keeling
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Dec 18, 2016
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Free – $10.00



BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States

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