Contemporary Color

Director

Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross

Producer

Michael Gottwald, Josh Penn

Executive Producer

Dan Janvey

Year

2016

Summary

Conceived by David Byrne and directed by the Ross Brothers, Contemporary Color is an impressionistic concert film that celebrates the little-known world of high school color guard. Ten of the country’s elite color guard teams – the flag-flipping, sequin-studded creme de la creme of the ‘sport of the arts’ – sync steps with musical luminaries for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning, and glitter cannons.

Variety: Film Review: ‘Contemporary Color’

“Some documentaries set out to heal the world, while others succeed in making it a better place by the mere fact of their existence.” – Peter Debruge

Rolling Stone: ‘Contemporary Color’ Review: It’s the ‘Stop Making Sense’ of Color Guard Rock Docs

“This may be one of the few rockumentaries since Stop Making Sense to tap the cinematic potential of sound and vision in a way that feels genuinely collaborative and borderline transcendental.” – David Fear