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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ross Bros.’ Contemporary Color


With their unique vérité aesthetic brand, one that shuffles the deck of conventional docu-filmaking rules and techniques (our Jordan M. Smith recently called it a styled shoot where they film “seemingly everything, patiently awaiting those precious moments of poetic happenstance”), it’s been easy to champion the Ross Bros. since they first burst onto the scene with 45365 (2009) and Tchoupitoulas (2012). Invited to partake in Park City festivities last year with Western, we’re quite confident that they’ll manage to resuscitate the traditional stuffy format of the concert film. Contemporary Color was announced almost on the eve of Sundance back in January, and with the double concert having taken place in June — this is definitely in the can. Bill and Turner offered an early peak for the spirit of the project.

Gist: This follows high school A/V/ clubs, Color Guarders and their musician counterparts as they prepare for and take the stage at an unprecedented, one-night-only spectacular at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in June 2015 featuring David Byrne and a slew of other artists.

Production Co./Producers: 13 Court.

Prediction: Seeing this is more “concert” film….perhaps it’s unique blend is more fitted for Park City at Midnight.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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