Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

CONTEMPORARY COLOR

 

Year: 2016
Country: USA
Run Time: 107 minutes

CONTEMPORARY COLOR
CONTEMPORARY COLOR
CONTEMPORARY COLOR
CONTEMPORARY COLOR

When a color guard team asked David Byrne if they could use one of his songs in their routines, they probably didn’t anticipate they’d pique his interest in such a huge way. The eccentric former Talking Heads singer became enthralled by the team’s creative choreography and hypnotic patterns. If you’re not sure what color guard is, don’t worry—you’re not alone. You’ve probably seen it in action, though, during halftime at your local high school football games. They’re the kids twirling colorful flags and tossing prop rifles and sabers, all synchronized to music. It’s an obscure and underappreciated sport that often goes unnoticed. Thanks to Byrne, that may no longer be true. In 2015 he recruited ten teams from around the country and paired them with an impressive list of musicians, including Devonté Hynes, Zola Jesus, tUnE-yArDs, Ira Glass, Ad-Rock, Nelly Furtado, and St. Vincent. They performed their unique collaborations live at an event in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The delightful spectacle is captured in CONTEMPORARY COLOR, a vibrant, visually appealing film that also documents the behind-the-scenes stories of the incredible athletes and musicians who participate. —E.F.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 11:10 AM

Sidebar
THE SPORTS SECTION

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competition
Music Movies Competition

Director
Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Brothers Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross are from Sydney, Ohio. They both studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. They received the Someone To Watch Award at the 39th CIFF.

Filmography
"45365" (2009)-39th CIFF, "Tchoupitoulas" (2012)-39th CIFF, "Western" (2015)-39th CIFF, CONTEMPORARY COLOR (2016)

Producer
David Byrne, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn

Cinematography
Jarred Alterman, Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Editing
Bill Ross IV

Community Partners

Brite Winter

DANCECleveland

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