‘Upstream Color’ Teaser Trailer: Equally Unsettling and Intriguing

Upstream Color Teaser Trailer

If you were that expecting the first teaser trailer for Shane Carruth‘s newest film to answer any questions you may have about the filmmaker’s first project since he gave the world Primer, well, you might want to go back and watch Primer again, just to remind yourself what you’re dealing with here.

Carruth’s latest film, Upstream Color, will premiere at Sundance in January, and while the project certainly didn’t need to put out such a stunning, unsettling, foreboding, intriguing, and just flat out well-made first teaser trailer to get cinephiles on board with the new film, we’re not complaining that such a teaser trailer exists. After the break, get a look at what Carruth has cooked up for us this time and, don’t worry, you don’t need to avert your eyes.

Carruth pulls triple duty on the new film – writing, directing, and starring in it – and he’s joined on screen by Amy Seimetz, Andrew Sensenig, and Thiago Martins. As expected from a Carruth project, we don’t know much about the film’s plot, and damn if this first teaser doesn’t help, but the film’s official synopsis (as provided by Sundance, though it appears to be a bit trimmed down for Apple) tells us: “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.” So it’s a feel-good?

Upstream Color will have its world premiere at Sundance, which it will follow with a March 22nd release date.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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