Past: a retelling of Uncle Tom's Cabin

PAST retells 'Uncle Tom’s Cabin' with a wink to history by examining Mrs Stowe’s relationship with UNCLE TOM through dance, art and an original sound score that both pokes and intensifies the nostalgia for racism in America today.

  • Duston Spear
    Red Thread : the prisoner and the painter
  • Martha Mooke
    Key Cast
  • Cynthia Fuller-Kling
    Key Cast
  • Andre Noel
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    8,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Filmideo
    Index Art Center,Newark , New Jersey
    September 27, 2014
  • Window Studio
    Bed-Stuy , Brooklyn, New York
    October 17, 2014
Director Biography - Duston Spear

An exhibiting artist in NYC for over thirty years with work in the collections of the Brooklyn, Metropolitan and Weatherspoon Art Museums. Spear has won awards from the New York State Counil on the Arts for Film and Electronic Media (2013), Creative Time, Art Matters and fiscal sponsorship from the NYFoundation for the Arts for 3 of her projects. Her first short film 'Red Thread:the prisoner and the painter' is being distributed by Her production company makes short films that promote activism through art.

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Director Statement

Past is a directorial re-do... in the fourth grade, in my all white school in Virginia I directed and starred as Uncle Tom using a Classic Comic Book as my script.