David Byrne’s ‘Contemporary Color’ film coming to theaters in 2017 (watch the trailer)
Last summer, David Byrne staged "Contemporary Color" in Toronto and Brooklyn, a musical celebration of color guard troups, featuring synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, with help from St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Devonté Hynes, Zola Jesus, Ad-Rock, tUnE-yArDs, and Ira Glass. The Brooklyn performances at Barclays Center were filmed and the resulting Contemporary Color performance documentary (which features all the performers listed above) premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. The film has just been picked up by Oscilloscope Labratories (the distributor founded by the late Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys) who will release it theatrically in 2017:
About the acquisition, filmmakers Bill Ross and Turner Ross said, "We're excitedly ready to ramble with the O-Scope crew once again. CONTEMPORARY COLOR is a wild one and requires the kind of distinctive approach that they bring."
O-Scope’s Dan Berger said, “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.”
While we wait for next year, check out photos from one of the Barclays shows here, and check out the film's trailer below.