In the indie house as in the multiplex, the calendar year takes some time to get going. But here we are in the full swing of spring movie season, and this month’s art-house offerings are particularly strong, spanning performance films to dark comedies to ghost stories to comic documentaries, and everything in between.
Release Date: March 1
Directors: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
The Ross brothers (Western) document a remarkable show at Barclay Center in summer 2015, in which David Byrne – newly appreciative of the combination of dance, cheerleading, twirling, and high-school halftime show known as color guard – assembled ten of the continent’s best color guard teams, and paired them with ten musical artists armed with original songs. The Rosses capture much of that spectacular performance, as well as the goings-on backstage (which is a choreography of its own). The routines are remarkable and the big names deliver – Ira Glass, for example, comes up with exactly the “song” you’d expect from Ira Glass – but it’s ultimately the story of these teenagers, many of them outcasts of one kind or another, who (like those in band or drama or debate) form makeshift extracurricular families. Their routines pulse with that camaraderie and emotion, and so does this marvelous film.