Reviews and Festivals
"A stunning environmental documentary"
"Though it is a sobering account, Living in the Future's Past invites us all to consider the real changes that we can make in order to change our culture of consumption, to mindfully examine what we need rather than what we want. While the outlook often seems bleak, the message is to take the future into our own hands -- to change our behavior and change the world."
— LA Times
"Suggests humanity -- through a series of individual practices in the name of adding comfort and stability to our lives -- is shepherding its own demise through ignorance...Presents philosophical, scientific, easily implementable, and potentially course-rerouting fixes we can responsibly incorporate into everyday life as we aim to build a better, sustainable future on the planet we call home."
— Entertainment Weekly
"Offers a decidedly non-partisan look at the dismal state of the environment, featuring some of the country's leading big-thinkiers -- philosophers, NASA engineers, former military generals -- and of course [Jeff] Bridges himself, guiding the ship with interstitial ruminations like 'what we perceive as reality comes from the value judgments that exist in our minds'."
— The Daily Beast
"Powerful...Director Susan Kucera has achieved something masterful with her film...Both alarming and hopeful, Living in the Future's Past eloquently presents inconvenient but important-to-consider truths to explore and ponder, as the cosmic energy clock ticks"
— Santa Barbara Independent
"Not your typical documentary vision of doom and gloom on the environment...Managed to find that ever elusive happy medium on a polarizing subject while retaining intellectual honesty...Well-paced and highly thought-provoking throughout...Will spark a much more fruitful discussion on a vitally important problem which affects us all"
— The 405
"Explores the complexities of the human species' role in relation to nature by discussing such topics by energy, evolution, ecology, and psychology. Weaves together images of nature as a poignant reminder of the fragility of species...Comes at a time when it is truly needed, though the question remains can we as a species come together and claim responsibility for our actions?"
— Picture This Post
UN GOLD AWARD for "Outstanding Achievement in International Communications Which Best Exemplifies the Ideals and Goals of the United Nations"
Best Documentary of Climate Change and Sustainability, Gold Medal
Garden State Film Festival, Best Documentary
IndieFEST, Best in Show
Arizona International Film Festival, Best Environmental Documentary / Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography
Boston International Film Festival, Indi Spec Best Documentary Award
Eco Visionary Award, Philadelphia Documentary Film Festival, Eco Visionary Award
Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, Environmental Vanguard Award
Cannes AFI World Peace Initiative, Best Documentary / Best Narrator
Godolo International Film Festival, 1st Place on the International Nature Film Festival Scientific Documentaries
Prodigy Auteur Prize, Amsterdam Film Festival, Prodigy Auteur Prize
New York Festivals, Gold Medal for Best Documentary on Climate Change and Sustainability
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
Arizona International Film Festival
Riviera International Film Festival
Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Boston International Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
International Television & Film Awards
Thessalioniki Documentary Festival
New Media Film Festival
Transitions Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
American Documentary Film Festival
USA Film Festival
Garden State Film Festival
Bentonville Film Festival
The New Zealand Architecture & Design Festival