ByWill D'Arbanville, writer at
Will D'Arbanville

is the most underrated American filmmaker alive, having made two perfect films. Primer is a film about two engineers who accidentally build a time machine and begin to use the untested capability to their advantage. If you read that and thought "time-travel is played out" I can say with utter confidence Primer will change your mind. Perhaps the most impressive trait of Primer is that Carruth made the film for just 7,000 dollars. When I say that he made it, I mean he wrote the script, starred in it, edited it, was the cinematographer, he even composed the music for the score. I can't imagine more successful film than one that make 60 times its initial budget, and Carruth deserves some serious recognition.

Upstream Color is incredibly innovative and if I possessed the authority to give Shane Carruth a basket of awards, I wouldn't hesitate. After the first ten minutes it was clear that upstream color would be one hell of a ride, and it definitely delivered. Without giving too much away, Upstream color involves a drug that causes hypnotism and psychic linking, and two people who are trying to piece their lives back together. It also contains nematodes, blue flowers, an enthusiastic sound artist, and a pig farm, but I digress.

I am envious of Carruth's creativity and marvel at how pristine his ideas are. Both Upstream Color and Primer are available to watch instantly on Netflix, and his next title The Modern Ocean in under production as of this summer. Shane wishes to start his own production company, in order to remain free of financial boundaries set forth by studious, and I couldn't be more excited. This man is the filmmaker we have been waiting for, and now that he has financial flexibility, the sky is the limit. He makes other's we are quick to praise look amateur and I look forward to his next milestone of a project.


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