SXSW Audience Winner ‘Before I Disappear’ Picked Up for North American Distribution

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to “Before I Disappear,” five months after the drama won the audience award for best narrative feature at South by Southwest.

Shawn Christensen directed from his own screenplay and stars with Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Richard Schiff and Ron Perlman.

The film was produced by Damon Russell, Lucan Toh, Christensen, Wesley and Terry Leonard, and executive produced by Christopher Eoyang, Nick Harbinson, Oliver Roskill and Emily Leo.

“Before I Disappear” will screen at the Venice International Film Festival in the Venice Days sidebar and will be released in the U.S. in November.

The film is based on Christensen’s “Curfew,” which won the 2012 Academy Award for live-action short film. It follows a man at the lowest point in his life who receives a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece for the evening.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Sean Berney for IFC and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

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