Movie poster
Release Date Oct. 8, 2004
Running Time 77 min.
Directed by Shane Carruth
Producer(s) Shane Carruth
Written by Shane Carruth
Starring Shane Carruth

David Sullivan

Music by Shane Carruth
Edited by Shane Carruth
Distributed by ThinkFilm
Language English
Country United States
Budget $7,000
Box Office $424,760
Primer is a 2004 American drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who also stars in as a main role (Aaron).

The film is known for its extremely low budget (completed for $7,000), experimental plot structure, philosophical implications, and complex technical dialogue, which Carruth, a college graduate with a degree in mathematics and a former engineer, chose not to simplify for the sake of the audience.

The film collected the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, before securing a limited release in the U.S., and has since gained a cult following.


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Popular CultureEdit

  • The video game Life is Strange makes a reference to the film in Warren's movie suggestions for the protagonist Max.