“James Siewert’s 13-minute short film “The Past Inside the Present” is like a Laurie Lipton drawing come to life. The stunning black-and-white imagery of humans connected to recording devices via old wiring from their brains to an old Betamax is the sort of thing Lipton would dream up for one of her insanely intricate pencil drawings. This is not to suggest Siewert’s film is derivative. On the contrary, Siewert’s vision aims more for an emotional connection between the characters (even in what appears to be the absence of emotion) whereas Lipton often revels in the absurd and grotesque.”
The Past Inside the Present is now exclusively available on Vimeo’s Staff Pick. Directed by GEP pal James Siewert and produced by Chris Skotchdopole and Fessenden.
Composed of over seven thousand frames of pen and charcoal meticulously drawn over the course of almost two years, The Past Inside the Present is a film which carries the weight of time – both in its subject matter and in the process by which it was made.
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… James Siewert’s mesmerizing monochrome mixed-media allegory The Past Inside the Present. Stunningly realized in part through hand-drawn charcoal rotoscoped animation, the short is being officially distributed by the filmmaker collective Indie Street, and they’re offering both the film and a bevy of special features for free through the newly christened platform Bit Torrent Now.
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James Siewert’s visionary hand-crafted short THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT
continues its roll out to festivals:
Selected for the 2016 Grand Jury Prize Winners Short Form category at Film Invasion L.A.
Officially added to the Fantastic Fest short programming!
Heads south of the border to Oaxaca Film Fest!
Glass Eye’s short film ‘The Past Inside The Present’ plays at the 2016 Florida Film Festival.
Writer/Director James Siewert and producer Chris Skotchdopole attend.
Chris Skotchdopole (left) and James Siewert (right)
James Siewert talks ‘The Past Inside The Present’
The new GEP short by James Siewert, “The Past Inside The Present,” made its goal on Kickstarter! Take a look inside the post-production process.
“The Past Inside the Present” is an allegorical tale of a couple who attempt to renew their dying relationship by plugging directly into recordings of their memories. Learn more about the project here.