25 Independent Movies You Should Be Excited About in 2013

Upstream Color

Director: Shane Carruth
Stars: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins
Release date: April 5

Want to look cool in front of your friends? Suggest a movie night and track down a copy of writer/director/actor Shane Carruth's mind-bending 2004 thriller Primer. An ingenious exercise in time travel, Carruth's debut is airtight, a dizzying puzzle that will leave your friends spellbound and impressed with your good taste.

And then you can take them to see Carruth's highly anticipated follow-up, Upstream Color. Just prepare yourself—this one sounds like a real head-scratcher. In the best way possible, of course. Fittingly, it's official synopsis reads vague, something about a female protagonist (Amy Seimetz) who is "unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again."

Oh, draw us a map, guys. But really, there won't be anything else like Upstream Color this year.

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