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Contemporary Color 

When: Fri., Aug. 19, 7 p.m. 2016



Color guard has come a long way. What originated as a lockstep ritual performed by soldiers in honor of a nation's flag became a synchronized group activity akin to marching-band, whose choreography incorporated the expert handling of sabers, rifles, and other symbols of war. With a cool quotient somewhere between Helping Hands Club and marching band, color guard hasn't had much currency in high school hallways lately. But for some students, it's crucial in strengthening fragile social bonds. David Byrne of Talking Heads fame grew fascinated with color guard performances and decided what was needed was live music, rather than canned accompaniment. And also, uh, better music. By enlisting the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, Kelis, and Nico Muhly to write fresh tunes for color guard performances, Byrne transformed a rather stiff and regimented activity into a raucous spectacle of the human spirit. The documentary Contemporary Color focuses on a competition among ten high school crews accompanied by live performers. The hopes and dreams of the youthful participants will be front and center when the Full Frame Road Show brings the film to Silverspot Cinema. —David Klein

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