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The first documentary to explore the storied and complex legacy of Nobel Prize-winner WILLIAM FAULKNER - his life, literary masterpieces, and his role in today's conversation on race, civil rights and community.

As former President Barack Obama said: "Faulkner reminds us, the past is never dead and buried -- it is not even past." In our current time of reckoning on diversity and inclusion, FAULKNER: THE PAST IS NEVER  DEAD offers an understanding of our present through Faulkner's personal struggles and literary masterpieces.   

 

An Opening into  FAULKNER: THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD
Written and directed by Michael Modak-Truran
Produced by Anastasia Lampton Triplett and Jeremy Culver
Executive Producer Peter Broderick
Executive Producer Anita Modak-Truran

Narrated by and starring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts as Faulkner, THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD immerses the viewer into Faulkner's world, by using contemporary cinematography,  archival photographs, newspaper images, Faulkner's writings, animations, interviews with the world's leading Faulkner scholars, re-enactments filmed in Faulkner's Rowan Oak and an original score.   

The film highlights the evolution of Faulkner's writing and his changing view of race through the stories he wrote and the turbulent times he lived through. He condemned the murder of Emmett Till.  He received death threats from people he knew, and he was shunned by his best friends.   But he endured and never stopped writing about the human heart in conflict with itself.   Faulkner has  forever changed the literary landscape.    

"THIS TRIUMPHANT
FILM IS A RICH, DETAILED PORTRAIT FRAMED BY A PENETRATING, ENTERTAINING NARRATIVE" 

Jesse Yancy, Mississippi Sideboard


 

"BLOODY  F'ING BRILLIANT"
Retired English Literature Professor, Galway Film Festival

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