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Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Bridges, alongside prominent scientists and authors, weaves evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling the end of nature, into a story that helps us understand our place among the species of Earth’s household. The film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, what to do about our fossil slaves, and how our fundamental animal nature influences our future as Humankind. USA November 2017 - 85 minutes
Garden State Film Festival 2018: Best Documentary Award
NewYork Festivals: Best documentary on climate change and sustainability, Gold United Nations award for "Outstanding Achievement in International Communications which best exemplifies the ideals and goals of the United Nations"
Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival : Eco Visionary Award.
AFI World Peace Initiative in Cannes Best Documentary, Best narration
Accolade Global Film Competition Award! : Award of Excellence Special Mention: Documentary Feature, Award of Excellence Special Mention: Nature / Environment / Wildlife
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Susan Kucera Living in the Future’s Past Review from Santa Barbara by Mike Takeuchi
Director Susan Kucera debuted her fourth and latest documentary film “Living in the Future’s Past” at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 1. Kucera, who also directed 2014’s “Breath of Life” was on hand to introduce the film and the question-and-answer period following the screening of her film. “Living in the Future’s Past” was narrated by Academy Award winning actor (2010) Jeff Bridges-who also produced the film along with Kucera. The film’s executive producer is James Swift.
“Living in the Future’s Past is an invitation to everyone to learn about the themes that are often overlooked in our cultural dialogue, but are necessary keys to the future that we desire for our future and our children,” Bridges said in a statement read by Kucera. “Living in the Future’s past is a metaphor for tuning into what is already here.”
“I liked what Jeff said, because climate change and other problems are already here, but we actually right now have everything in our ability to address them,” Kucera said. “Here, we are saying that we can do this in the little things, like learning how to process things differently so we can pass this onto our children. “
The 83-minute documentary, was put into motion by forward-thinking Executive Producer, Jim Swift. Anna Kirsch, Susan's daughter, a PhD candidate in environmental ethics and morality in literature also served as one of the narrative consultants (per IMDB) on the film. At a cursory glance, “Living in the Future’s Past” could be categorized as an environmental documentary. But that preconception is laid to rest in the film’s first spoken words by Bridges.
“What kind of world do you want to live in?”
From that moment on, the viewer’s mind begins to wake up and operate like a long-dormant clock being wound up up as stunning images of nature, its destruction and other representation of human behavior are interspersed with thought-provoking statements and questions culled from myriad experts in their particular field including scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, physicists, as well as spiritual, military and political leaders including General Wesley Clark and former Republican Congressman (South Carolina) Bob Inglis- who in his first term, operated while publicly denying the existence of climate change.
“It’s a hard film to nail down, because once you are in it, your mind begins to change how you think about things,” Kucera said.
The filmmaker started this process by culling down countless hours of interviews with the experts.
“It took two years to make a multiplicity of topics and blend them all together so that it made sense for people. These were all experts in their various fields, so it was a challenge to weave together the things they were saying into one comprehensive narrative. It was difficult, but as a positive, I felt so connected to all of the people who worked on this, especially Jeff-who we facetimed constantly. As for the others, even though we didn’t interact regularly, it was like I was seeing them every day.”
Kucera expressed gratitude that she was joined at the premiere by some of the principal members of the shooting. Although Bridges could not attend due to a filming commitment, sound designer/editor Ken Polk was there, and joining Kucera up front for the question-and-answer period were psychologist Dr. Renee Lertzman and noted physicist Dr. Leonard Mlodinow (author of several books including “The Drunkard’s Walk”)- two of many participants interviewed for the film.
“I was just excited to be a part of this,” said Lertzman. “This is what my whole life’s work has been about-getting these perspectives out there at scale to as many people as possible so we can imagine a different way of being. And so it was really exciting and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this process.”
The timing of documentarian Susan Kucera’s latest film couldn’t have premiered at a more fortuitous time, in a more appropriate place and with a more fitting narrator according to SBIFF programming director Michael Albright. In December, the Santa Barbara area endured the Thomas Fire, the largest in California history that destroyed over 1000 structures in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County. Weeks later on January 9, a freak rainstorm pelted the burn area in Montecito, causing flooding and mudslides that took the lives of 21 people, with two people still declared missing. In this incident, Mr. Bridges had to be rescued by helicopter from the roof of his home.
“Because “Living in the Future’s Past” was submitted during the Thomas Fire, we saw it in a context that showed the film was not only timely but it was imperative to show a film that really brought to light some current issues we face with the environment,” said SBIFF programming director Michael Albright. “While also showing a film that was produced by Jeff Bridges, who was directly affected by the mudslides of Montecito. And to show something that was so close to home that was also addressing issues with the environment was essential for our film festival. Plus, there are some really powerful images that hit close to home.”
The filmmaker hopes that this is the case for all viewers of the film. Ideally she expressed that following a long festival run, “Living in the Future’s Past” would be accessible to as many people as possible.
“Jeff and I were determined to make a film about the environment that wouldn’t make people feel depressed or helpless by saying that there are ways of thinking via our natural ability to reason to do something about changing what is happening to our planet.”