Thomas wrote, produced, and stars in the film, which also features Glenn Morshower ("24", "Transformers") and James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek"). The film's subject matter is especially relevant with this year's Summer Olympics, telling the story of an Olympic hopeful, Abi (played by Thomas), who moves back home and becomes a coach after being named an alternate on the Olympic rowing team.
Thomas states that her motivation for writing "Backwards", "was to create an inspirational film that shows there are lots of ways to win, even if we don't always achieve our immediate goal." While never an Olympian, Thomas was a competitive rower and athlete in her teens and twenties.
MJ Peckos from Dada Films and Steven Raphael from Required Viewing announced, "We are excited to work with Sarah in helping bring her vision to as wide an audience as possible. The film is entertaining, inspiring and we chose to release the film in the fall to coincide with the recent Summer Olympic games.”