The idea for this film came to Writer/Director Addison Sandoval primarily after having read Bill Nichols’ The Age of Cybernetic Systems. Sandoval was very much impacted by Nichols’ arguments and after watching the films Westworld and Blade Runner he knew the idea would materialize rather well. Even though Sandoval says he very much enjoyed those films, he remarks that he wanted to do something different with Forward and Back.
In Sandoval’s eyes, Forward and Back is similar to Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib Dream Machines in its simplicity. Anybody can understand the story and anybody can be moved to either do something about what is happening or at least recognize what lies ahead for humans if we get greedy with technology and disavow our own faculties of mind.
Technology can only take man so far before it begins to take him back.