Asher Isbrucker: Past Futures – Nostalgia in the Age of Escapism

Asher Isbrucker shared a short comment with IMNN in relation to his video “Past Futures – Nostalgia in the Age of Escapism”, THANKS.

Capture d_écran 2017-05-03 à 21.20.58“I started writing this video a couple of years ago, after discovering a trove of anonymous digitized home movies on the Internet Archive. I was perplexed and intrigued by the pang of nostalgia these home movies caused me, since they weren’t my memories and I wasn’t connected to them in any way. That’s why I felt compelled to write about them, to explore the feeling of vicarious nostalgia for other people’s memories.

That script never really went anywhere until a couple months ago when I dug it up and decided to finish it. I tried to incorporate commentary on culture’s current perceived obsession with its own past; manifest in, for example, the numerous sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and stories steeped in nostalgic undertones that you see all over. The script went through many iterations before it landed where it is”.

“The video was as much a personal project as anything else, since I’ve always been a nostalgic and sentimental person, so making it was motivated by equal parts catharsis and curiosity”.


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