THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD
The first documentary to explore the storied and complex legacy of Nobel-prize winner William Faulkner--his life, literary masterpieces and his role in conversations on race, civil rights and community.
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 personal struggles and literary masterpieces.
The film is written and directed by Michael Modak-Truran and
narrated by and starring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts
as Faulkner and Skyler Adams as Young Faulkner.
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
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 wanted to be judged by the merits of the work and not the deficiencies of the man. Some, however, think that Faulkner's deficiencies as a man undermine his work. Would we judge Faulkner's work differently if we ABOLISHED his life from the equation?
Letter from The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection,
Center For Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
"Faulkner is very relevant
to the 21st century"
Former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities