3/01/2017

David Byrne's Contemporary Color Documentary Out This Friday

DAVID BYRNE'S CONTEMPORARY COLOR DOCUMENTARY
OUT THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD 
 

David Byrne's Contemporary Color documentary will be released theatrically this Friday, March 3rd. In the summer of 2015, David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the creativity of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as "the sport of the arts."  Watch the trailer right HERE.

View a clip from Contemporary Color

David Byrne noted, "The Ross Bros refer to their film as a "joy bomb"...and it is, but both the event and their film, while entertaining, also touch on some very deep issues- creativity, inclusion, race, gender, body image and community. In this regard their film has turned out to be something unexpectedly relevant, extremely timely, and a much needed tonic and source of hope at exactly this moment."
Byrne recruited performers including the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Devonté Hynes, Zola Jesus, Ad-Rock, tUnE-yArDs, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada.
The result is CONTEMPORARY COLOR, a bold and irrepressible snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live performance.

More info:
Bill Ross and Turner Ross's latest documentary featuring and produced by David Byrne, CONTEMPORARY COLOR i The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won awards for Best Documentary Cinematography and Best Documentary Editing. Oscilloscope will release the film in theaters in 2017 followed by a release across all ancillary platforms. In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the creativity of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as "the sport of the arts."
Byrne recruited performers including the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Devonté Hynes, Zola Jesus, Ad-Rock, tUnEyArDs, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada. The result is CONTEMPORARY COLOR, a bold and irrepressible snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live performance. The film's camera operators included many well-known documentary directors and cinematographers, including Jarred Alterman, Sean Price Williams, Robert Greene, Amanda Rose Wilder, Jessica Oreck, Wyatt Garfield, and Michael Palmieri.

"CONTEMPORARY COLOR is an otherworldly blend of athleticism, grace, spirit, and art captured in an unbelievably electric and creative way. Watching CC isn't just watching a film, it is experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime performance that is so much more than the sum of its set list." David Byrne said, "The teams and the musicians created this glorious, inspiring thing that runs counter to much of what is happening in the world right now - and the Ross brothers were the ones to feel that and capture it. We need an antidote, and here it is. The world is better than we think it is." Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which arranged financing for the film, brokered the distribution deal on behalf of the filmmakers. The film was produced by the Department of Motion Pictures' Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, as well as by David Byrne. Executive Producers included Dan Janvey from the Department of Motion Pictures; Spencer Silna, Nicole Barton, and Douglas Saylor Jr. from Public Domain; LeeAnn Rossi from Todo Mundo; and Aaron Rosenblum. 

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