Dallas Filmmaker Shane Carruth Makes Movies the Only Way He Knows How: The Hard Way

The director of Upstream Color on why he and Hollywood don't mix: "I'm a problem."

He likely won't, however, be picking up the camera back at his old rental house in Plano. All the world is potentially a stage for The Modern Ocean, which could mean giving up Dallas when it comes time to film. He also worries he's squeezed everything he can out of North Texas. "We are running the gamut as far as inner cities, alleyways, suburbs, trains, outdoors, nature," he says. "I don't believe there's a corner of Dallas we did not shoot in."

That's part of the reason Carruth's been living, sort of, in New York, bouncing from here to there. (The other is its location on the movie-distribution trading route.) "I don't know where I live right now," he says. "I'm about to get back on a plane Tuesday and do another month of traveling. I think I end up back here, but I'm not really sure."

Wherever he lands, he'll be there alone, just him and that blinking cursor, with a script to finish.

Carruth also stars in Upstream Color.
Carruth also stars in Upstream Color.

"I know full well that here's the project that I'm working on now, we're going to move forward and we're going to make it," he says. "And it's going to be a really good work, and we're not going to waste our time trying to pitch it to people or, I don't know, ask for notes and try to figure out what it is that they would like us to make."

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