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Shane Carruth (written by)
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Release Date:
30 August 2013 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Amy Seimetz ... Kris

Shane Carruth ... Jeff

Andrew Sensenig ... The Sampler

Thiago Martins ... Thief
Kathy Carruth ... Orchid Mother
Meredith Burke ... Orchid Daughter
Andreon Watson ... Peter
Ashton Miramontes ... Lucas

Myles McGee ... Monty

Frank Mosley ... Husband

Carolyn King ... Wife

Kerry McCormick ... OBGYN

Marco Antonio Rodriguez ... MRI Tech

Brina Palencia ... Woman in Club
Lynn Blackburn ... HR Manager

Trey Walpole ... Bank Investigator
Dave Little ... Veterinarian #1
Julie Mayfield ... Veterinarian #2
Ben LeClair ... The Sampled

Gerald Dewey ... The Sampled

Leticia Magaña ... The Sampled

Rebecca Frances ... The Sampled (as Rebecca Waldon)

Lindsey Roberts ... The Sampled

Cody Pottkotter ... The Sampled
Julie Santosuosso ... The Sampled

Steve Jimenez ... The Sampled

Jack Watkins ... The Sampled

Ted Ferguson ... The Sampled

Juli Erickson ... The Sampled

Karen Jagger ... The Sampled
Jason Barnes ... Roth
Wendy Welch ... Neighbor
Keith Copeman ... EMT #1
Nettie Yovanovitch ... EMT #2

Tony Tomaj ... Intern #1
Wheeler Williams ... Intern #2
Tommy Watson ... Security Guard
Joe Cutler ... Grocery Store Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Blaine ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Joy Leigh ... Dream Member (uncredited)

Mollie Milligan ... Maggie (uncredited)

Directed by
Shane Carruth 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shane Carruth  written by

Produced by
Meredith Burke .... co-producer
Shane Carruth .... producer
Scott Douglass .... executive producer
Casey Gooden .... producer
Brent Goodman .... executive producer
Toby Halbrooks .... co-producer
Ben LeClair .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shane Carruth 
 
Cinematography by
Shane Carruth 
 
Film Editing by
Shane Carruth 
David Lowery 
 
Casting by
Kina Bale 
 
Production Design by
Tom Walker  (as Thomas Walker)
 
Makeup Department
Heather Henry .... special makeup effects artist
Jocelyn Lopez .... additional makeup artist
Liz McCracken .... additional makeup artist
Dat Phan .... hair stylist
 
Art Department
Darrah Dean Gooden .... artist: Walden cover art (as Darrah Gooden)
 
Sound Department
Chad Chance .... production sound
Mike Gonzalez .... additional sound
Pete Horner .... sound editor
Pete Horner .... sound mixer
Johnny Marshall .... sound designer
Jon Meyer .... additional sound
Nolan Thies .... additional sound
 
Visual Effects by
Bongani Mlambo .... biological effects
Jeff Walker .... biological effects
Tom Walker .... biological effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Tony Tomaj .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shane Carruth .... camera operator
Casey Gooden .... camera operator
Hunter Holder .... camera operator
Peter Koutsogeorgas .... camera assistant
Bongani Mlambo .... camera operator
Jeff Walker .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Andrei Constantinescu .... casting: background talent
 
Editorial Department
Lara Christensen .... post-production assistant
Toby Halbrooks .... colorist
Cameron Bruce Nelson .... assistant editor
Justin Scheidt .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Matt Aines .... weapons master
Karen Carruth .... craft service
Kathy Carruth .... craft service
Grant Cornelison .... production assistant
Arturo Lopez .... production assistant
Thomas C. Lumpkin .... production assistant (as Thomas Lumpkin)
Simon N. Pulman .... distribution legal: Cowan Debaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP
Dick Saunders .... weapons master
Alex Wilson .... production assistant
Marc H. Simon .... distribution legal (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John Carruth .... very special thanks
Erin Gooden .... very special thanks
Lori Gooden .... very special thanks
Wayne Gooden .... very special thanks
 

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96 min
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Trivia:
The film that Kris is editing at the beginning of the movie is A Topiary, the film that Shane Carruth had begun production on before deciding to film Upstream Color instead.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Sampler is incapacitating a pig with his instrument, the knot is thrown towards the pig's face and stretched. In the next frame, the wire knot is around the pig's body between its front & hind legs.See more »
Quotes:
[Kris is rummaging through an enormous shoulder-bag and not meeting Jeff's eyes]
Kris:Why do you take the train?
Jeff:Why do I take the train?
Kris:Yeah, it's just, everyone who takes the train is either homeless or they had their license revoked or, you know.
Jeff:Do you want to see my driver's license?
Kris:No.
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42 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
A lovely experience, 2 June 2013
Author: Jacob Klemmer from United States

After this movie ended, I was dumbstruck. I sat looking at the end credits, searching through what I had just watched, remembering the film vividly, and yet having it still be a blur.

Upstream Color is not a literal movie. The plot is never explained directly to the viewer, and the actions taken by the characters are unclear in reason and motivation. The most obvious things I could say about the movie are that it is filmed very well, and it has a nice musical score.

But the movie is not about literal plot. It's not about literal characters. It's about feelings and thoughts. It's a movie about broken people trying to fix themselves. There are things everybody in the movie will understand, and there are things nobody will.

It's a lot like music. When you put on music, you know the mood, and you know the melody, and you know the tempo and the harmony, and it can be a beautiful experience, even though you have no idea what the lyrics mean. And upstream color is a lovely, almost meditative movie about the lives of everyone being interconnected, and about how when people form companionship they start to become one, and yet someone else may say totally opposite things than I'm saying, and they wouldn't be wrong.

It's not a movie for people that think a film must have a literal story. It's not a movie for people who won't watch an hour and a half of meditation. It's not for people who see movies to see stories. And there is no shame in disliking this movie. But if you can appreciate an abstract story and can sit through an hour and a half of meditation, this is the movie for you.

Stanley Kubrick said in his later years: "A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later." If Stanley Kubrick were alive today, I think he would have liked this movie a lot.

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