an impossible love story
afterglow is a feature-length non-fiction film directed by Ali Silverstein. A non-traditional documentary, the project began in 2008 in response to a life-altering event. Over the next year and a half, Silverstein recorded over 60 hours of material, culminating in the film, Afterglow.
Afterglow was created from a year's worth of filming everything that happened (including my own thoughts and feelings) after my boyfriend died in a car accident. It’s a road trip movie about an impossible love story between a life woman and a dead man, and asks the questions we all ask when we lose people we love: how do we continue to love them, where do they go, and does it matter?
I use filmmaking as a way to gather evidence about something I don't understand. In other words, I don't know what the finished piece will be ahead of time. I start with a question or a hypothesis -- usually something that feels a little scary to me -- and that trepidation is the energy that pushes me forward.