Director David O. Russell teams up with Prada to produce a lavish nightmare
BY MARISSA TORISELLO
David O. Russell and Miuccia Prada have come together to creates a silent short film titled “Past Forward”, with a dreamy and vague narrative. The nightmarish black-and-white film features three women, played by Kuoth Weil, Freida Pinto, and Allison Williams, who seem to be living a similar form of the same storyline. Alongside the women are their male counterparts played by John Krasinski, Jack Huston, and Sinqua Walls. The characters’ stories include drama, desire and pleasure, providing suspense for the watchers.
Here was the opportunity to make a journey of cinema guided by layers of movie memories, life images and emotions, with no aim except to create art — as if it were a painting or a sculpture — free from normal narrative or audience expectations. The cast and I worked simply for the joy of making art.
Replaying scenes in different combinations result in ending scenarios with characters, costumes and futuristic technologies that repeat and transform. Leaving the viewer decoding the surreal dream with their own perspective, digging deeper into their own recurring dreams.
Described as a “cinema poem,” the dialogue-free short attracts and leaves us wanting to solve the ongoing mystery as we watch 13 minutes of a surreal bad dream.
Writer & Director | David O. Russell
Producer | Anonymous Content and Hi! Production
Actors | Allison Williams, John Krasinski, Freida Pinto, Jack Huston, Kuoth Wiel, Sinqua Walls, Connie Britton, Paula Patton, Thomas Matthews, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar, Garry Clemmons, Jason Clemmons, Sacha Baron Cohen
Producer | Ayelet Weinerman
Executive Producer | Max Brun
Line Producer | Shea Kammer
Director of Photography | Darren Lew
Production Designer | Maxwell Orgell
Editor | Christopher Gay, ACE
Costume Styling | Nancy Collini
Casting Directors | Mary Vernieu & Lindsay Graham
Creative Consultant | Michael Rock
Special Thanks | Verde Visconti
Associate Producer| Sarena Cohen
Music Supervisors | Susan Jacobs & Jacqyelyn Mulhearn
Choreography | Mandy Moore