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Former Things


Alex, a travel-worn survivor in a desolate post-apocalyptic world, returns to his childhood home to find not only artifacts of his youth, but also the plague-ridden body of his recently deceased father.

Welcome back Nicholas Payne Santos & Adam R. Brown with another exquisite short. Once again set in the favorite post apocalyptic setting – like some of the other Bullmoose Pictures films ‘Mutt‘ and ‘Shovel‘, ‘Former Things’ takes a more gentle approach at a survivor returning to his childhood home to find not only artifacts of his youth, but also the plague-ridden body of his recently deceased father.

After attending the funeral of my grandfather, I came to appreciate the tremendous care and work we take in preparing our loved ones to be put to rest at the end of their lives. I asked myself, “What would it be like to live in a world without hospitals, doctors, and funeral homes?” As a result, FORMER THINGS is an austere portrait of an intimate funeral involving a father and son.

What we love from these films is the talent to display the real “in-between” moments that you would not find in your typical Hollywood film, and turn them into the integral part of the story – and a smooth marvel to watch.

As post-apocalyptic and zombie genres have dominated mainstream film and television in recent years, FORMER THINGS takes a different approach by portraying how customs involving death and mourning might realistically transpire amid fantastical circumstances. Drawing on works from Romanian New-Wave directors like Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days) and Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective), I wanted to take a different approach to the genre. I wanted to take a side step from mostly focusing on shock and gore, but concentrate on the subtle moments that might transcend in dealing with a zombie apocalypse.

Simply a strong felt film that needs to be watched with patience, but will effortlessly bring you along – and leave you with a satisfying reward.

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