Before I Disappear
- Directed by: Shawn Christensen
- USA, 2014, 95 minutes
- In English
- East Coast Premiere
Oscar®-winning short filmmaker Shawn Christensen (“Curfew” FFF 2012) triumphantly returns to Central Florida with his new film BEFORE I DISAPPEAR. The multi-talented director has expanded the short into this terrific debut feature. Loser and druggie Richie (played by Christensen) has reached the lowest point of his life. He has lost his one true love, and he cleans toilets for a living at different NYC nightclubs. One is owned by Bill (Ron Perlman, TV’s Sons of Anarchy), who considers himself a father figure to Richie, and the other is run by pretty boy Gideon (Paul Wesley, TV’s The Vampire Diaries). After Richie finds a woman overdosed in Bill’s club, he is told to keep it quiet. This provokes him to try to end it all, but his repeated efforts are constantly interrupted. One such intrusion is his estranged sister Maggie (Emmy Rossum, Showtime’s Shameless), who calls him to come look after his precocious eleven-year-old niece, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek, from the original short), for a few hours. As they get acquainted, uncle and niece embark on a somewhat surreal journey throughout the night and learn about love and family bonds. Grim yet funny, BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is a truly original and intriguing dark comedy that both expands upon and enriches its Academy Award®-winning roots.