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Spearheaded by TGA Productions and Cedar Films Studios, the film “Of Things Past” is set to make its long-awaited debut on October 3rd, available on major Video On Demand (VOD) platforms such as Amazon and Vudu. This cinematic endeavor has been in the works for an impressive 37 years, a labor of love that spans decades. The movie is a unique blend of footage from two distinct eras: 1985, when its filming commenced, and 2022, when an additional storyline was added.
Directed by the talented duo of D. Paul Thomas and Eric Rafael Ibarra, “Of Things Past” features the acclaimed four-time Emmy winner Michael Moriarty and Louise Claire Clark in lead roles, portraying the young couple Michael and Laura Dietrich. Their journey is one of heartache and resilience as they grapple with the loss of their 2-year-old son and strive to salvage their fractured marriage. A turning point occurs when Michael intervenes in a car accident to save the life of a young girl named Kiki, portrayed by Tara Reid. Through this act of heroism, Michael begins to find forgiveness for himself in the wake of his son’s tragic death.
The narrative takes a fascinating twist as the adult Kiki, now played by Tara Reid, reenters the picture nearly four decades later. She visits Laura in Boston during Michael’s final moments, bringing with her a trove of long-held secrets. “Of Things Past” draws inspiration from true events, delving into themes of betrayal and the profound transformative power of forgiveness.
Director D. Paul Thomas expressed his astonishment at the film’s journey, stating, “If you live long enough, you see nearly everything. Who would have thought that a movie filmed in 1985 that never saw the light of day, with lovely performances by Michael Moriarty and Louise Claire Clark, would be ‘reimagined’ by filmmaker Peter J. Bollinger and brought to the screen now.”
The ensemble cast includes other notable talents like Gary Bayer, Macon McCalman, Peter Von Berg, and Jack Nance. “Of Things Past” is distributed by Lion Heart, under the leadership of Jerome Courshon, and boasts an executive production team that includes Dr. Sam Mayhugh, Peter J. Bollinger, Nora Betancourt, Eric Rafael Ibarra, D. Paul Thomas, Robert Vaughan, and Tara Reid.
Eric Rafael Ibarra, one of the film’s directors, shared his enthusiasm for the project, saying, “What fun it’s been working on this unique project — taking a movie filmed previously and adding to it an additional storyline. Putting the two storylines together has been a fascinating and challenging process.”