9 > Lorraine Sovern

Forward Fast is a personal documentary that explores the established language of cinema and how it shapes emerging artists. The film is not yet released, as it’s still completing its festival run. I’m exploring different distribution options, as well.

Synopsis: While embarking upon a process of archival and preservation, a filmmaker dives into a stark exploration of self as she discovers the seeds of patriarchy and misogyny already planted and steeping the imagery of her childhood films.


What is your vision for this project?
As a filmmaker, I make it my personal responsibility to create art that sparks challenging conversations which move us forward towards collective healing. Forward Fast is part of an experimental body of work that bolsters film as a vital tool for recovering from complex trauma. By employing radical honesty and vulnerability, I hope to create a safe space for self-disclosure and inspire others to share their stories. I believe that film is the ideal vehicle for achieving mass catharsis and widespread connection; acting as an antidote to the alienation and isolation that often results from experiencing trauma. I want my films to create a bridge for open communication and commiseration on the path to growth and resolution, both communally and individually.

What was the initial spark or idea that led to the creation of this film
When I started this project, I was genuinely just looking to preserve my archive of childhood films. When I began reviewing the footage, there was no way I could ignore the complexity of what I discovered.

What inspired you to become a film director?
I’ve loved making movies from the moment I was old enough to hold the camera. I decided when I was 8 years old that making movies was my dream, and never let anything get in the way of that. As someone who has struggled with feelings of being an outsider, I’ve found so much connection through film. I believe that film is one of the most universal tools for widespread connection and understanding. There is something so powerful about the power of its language, which is exactly what Forward Fast is about.

Do conditions in the filmmaking industry limit the way in which the film can represent particular subjects?
As a micro-budget, self-produced filmmaker, I’ve found a lot of creative freedom operating on the outskirts of the industry. I’m dedicated to sharing perspectives that often go unheard in the mainstream. I think the best thing I can do is create the films I’d like to see more of.

Does the film follow or critique dominant ideologies?
Forward Fast holds a magnifying glass to the conventions of filmic language. I hope to spark an open dialogue that moves audiences into a critical evaluation of how the stories and images we view impact us.

Does it reflect and shape particular cultural tensions?
Forward Fast reflects the cultural tensions of an incredibly oversaturated, male dominated field. It highlights the ways these specific perspectives have shaped now deeply rooted conventions in the overall practice of filmmaking.