The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

Contemporary Color


Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8:30pm

In “Contemporary Color,” 10 of the country’s elite color-guard teams — the flag-flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the “sport of the arts” — sync-step with musical luminaries for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning, and glitter cannons. The organizer of the festivities is former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, an unabashed fan who describes color guard as “a sophisticated folk art form that flies under the official cultural radar.” The enthusiastic Byrne decided that color guard’s best practitioners deserved to be seen outside of the usual football games and competitions in high-school gymnasiums. Recruiting a stellar array of collaborators — Nelly Furtado, How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Money Mark + Ad-Rock, Zola Jesus, Lucius, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs! —to contribute original music and perform, Byrne mounted shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre featuring color-guard teams of 20-40 persons from the U.S. and Canada. Capturing the excitement both on the stage and behind the scenes were Bill and Turner Ross, the acclaimed directors of “Tchoupitoulas” and “Western.” Calling “Contemporary Color” a “lively performance film,” the Hollywood Reporter declares that the documentary “makes a beautiful point of entry into a discipline many urbanites have never encountered.”

96 min.

Directed by

Bill & Turner Ross



Film Category

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