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Before I Disappear
Directed by
Shawn Christensen

USA / 2014 / 98

New York Premiere

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Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Paul Wesley
Before I Disappear follows Richie (Shawn Christensen), a man who is very much inclined to commit suicide. After facing his end and deciding to take his own life, he receives a phone call from his younger sister, Maggie (Emmy Rossum of Shameless), begging him to look after her daughter for a few hours. Willing to withhold death for a little while longer, Richie agrees to take care of his niece, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek).

What follows is an intensive glimpse into the life of a man who believes he has nothing to lose. Between his shady job with a menacing boss (Ron Perlman), a drugged-out friend with a bad temper (Paul Wesley of The Vampire Diaries), and an ominous twist that throws everything out of whack, Richie must find a way to hold on to what little life he has left in order to take care of his quick-witted, hard-hitting, alarmingly determined niece. –Jess Carson

Based on the 2012 WFF Best Short Film Curfew, which went on to win the 2013 Academy Awards® for best live action short.

Shawn Christensen is a filmmaker, musician and painter. He formed the indie rock band Stellastarr in 2002, signing with RCA Records. In 2011, his short film, Brink, was an Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2013, he won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for his short film, Curfew.
Cast/Featuring: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Ron Perlman, Richard Schiff
Executive Producer(s): Christopher Eoyang, Oliver Roskill, Nick Harbinson, Emily Leo
Producer(s): Lucan Toh, Damon Russell, Shawn Christensen, Paul Wesley, Terry Leonard
Director(s): Shawn Christensen
Screenwriter(s): Shawn Christensen
Cinematographer(s): Daniel Katz
Editor(s): Andrew Napier, Damon Russell, Shawn Christensen
Production Designer(s): Scott Kuzio
Composer(s)/Music: Darren Morze
Sound Designer(s): Rich Bologna
Courtesy of: IFC FIlms
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