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Forever in Motion

This short film tells the story of Los Angeles, the city that never sleeps. It does it by following a young man and the little day to day activities that keep him, as well as other humans, from genuinely being in the moment.

  • Rodney Kimbangu
  • Rodney Kimbangu
  • Rodney Kimbangu
  • Dustin Bryant Uy
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    December 31, 2019
    Semi Finalist
Director Biography - Rodney Kimbangu

Rodney Kimbangu is a Congolese Filmmaker based in Berea, Kentucky. He works part-time at Berea College where he’ll graduate in May 2020 and attended the New York Film Academy in LA in the summer of 2018. Hungry to learn more and make meaningful art, Rodney has taken Masterclasses in Directing, Filmmaking, Photography, Performing and Acting with Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Ken Burns, Annie Liebovitz, Raymond Usher, Christina Aguilera, and Samuel L. Jackson.

He's directed Future shock, Forever in Motion (a semi-finalist at the Los Angeles CineFest), and Enlightened, all student films. He's also directed Lituka, a personal project that focuses on the lives of entrepreneurial young people in the Congo (DRC).

To start his filmmaking journey while he had no clue how he'd make it, Rodney learned to draw, sculpt, dance, paint, and photography to keep his creative mind active. He is inspired by dreams and the human condition; he often wakes up on portions of scenes that he quickly writes on sticky notes. While looking forward to working in a movie with Will Smith and Tom Cruise, he is currently making “The Richest Places,” another student short film.

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Director Statement

I grew up in Kinshasa, a busy city in the DR. Congo, in Africa. Once I moved to America, I noticed that cities were busier than Kinshasa. In America time seems to go by faster, and cities almost never sleep. The more time I spent in American cities, the more I got caught in the busyness therein. Lao Tsu once wrote: "We mold clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that makes the vessel useful." When I moved to Los Angeles for a short period, I had an epiphany that inspired me to make Forever in motion. Just as the emptiness of a pot, the movie invites the audience to pause, to notice the stillness of life. Without a break, the fast moments we go through in our day to day activities will appear meaningless.