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One in a great while, you come across a film that not only entertains you, but one that really resonates with you on a very personal level. When these films come along, it’s important as cinephiles and also just as admirers of personal storytelling, to embrace those films and champion them as much as you can. Last year, while going through what could be easily described as a hellish time in my life, I was skimming through Netflix and I was caught by the title Before I Disappear. Not knowing that it was spawned from the Oscar-winning short film Curfew, or that it was written/directed and starred Shawn Christensen, the vocalist for a band I was quite fond of for quite some time (Stellastarr*), I watched it. Experiencing the film was like those special experiences I wrote about above, ones that touch your soul in very profound ways. »
- Jerry Smith
Christensen is on board to direct from a script he co-wrote with Jason Dolan. “Like Crazy” producer Jonathan Schwartz is on board to produce through his Super Crispy Entertainment banner with Christensen and Lerman exec producing.
Story follows three stages in the life of the title character, who writes the book of his generation before disappearing without a trace. The film begins production next week in New York City.
Sources say almost every young actor met with Christensen and Schwartz for the part after the script hit the market, but Lerman was particularly believable at playing all three stages of Hall’s life — he plays a 19, 24 and 30 year old in various parts of the film.
- Justin Kroll
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