THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD
The first documentary to explore the storied and complex legacy of Nobel-prize winner William Faulkner--his literary masterpieces and his role in conversations on race, civil rights and community.
The film is narrated by and starring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, who offers a stunning portrayal of the greatest novelist of our times.
In our current time of reckoning
on diversity, equity, and inclusion,
"The Past Is Never Dead" offers an
understanding of our present through
Faulkner's literary masterpieces and personal struggles.
Arguably America’s greatest novelist, William Faulkner lived a life scarcely pictured on screen. Born in New Albany, Mississippi in 1897, raised during the Jim Crow South and a high school drop out, Faulkner became one of the greatest writers of his time. He wrote poems, plays, screenplays, short stories, articles and novels, and he was a gifted illustrator.
Among his other accomplishments, Faulkner received:
* NATIONAL BOOK AWARD (twice)
* PULITZER PRIZE (twice)
* 1949 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
* CHEVALIER DE LA LEGION D'HONNEUR
* TIME MAGAZINE'S MAN OF THE YEAR (TWICE)
Faulkner has inspired other great writers and artists around the world, including Tony Morrison, Mo Yan, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez, Peter Carey and more. Luminaries ranging from presidents to movie stars have used quotes from Faulkner’s works to more eloquently express their ideas. Over half a century since his death, his works are enjoying a revival.
"Faulkner is very
relevant to the 21st century"
Former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Courtesy of Faulkner at Virginia (c) 2010
Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
Author Stephen Railton
Faulkner sets many of his stories in fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Yoknapatawpha County is a microcosm of the human experience, with a collage of characters and impressions formed from Faulkner's "postage stamp of soil."