Before I DisappearAs his life hits rock bottom, Richie wants to end his life quietly but his attempt is interrupted by an urgent request from his sister to babysit her precocious daughter. So begins a madcap tour of Manhattan after dark, as uncle and niece find unexpected bonds in the unlikeliest of places.Genre: DramaCountry: United States, United KingdomDuration: 93 minQuality: HDRelease: 2014IMDb: 7.2
Critic Reviews of "Before I Disappear"
Seattle TimesJanuary 08, 2015
"Before I Disappear" would be a better movie if would-be triple-threat talent Shawn Christensen got out of his own way.
NPRDecember 05, 2014
Before I Disappear is ultimately hampered not by a messy plot but by bland characters who, for the most part, don't so much talk to each other as they monologue at each other.
Los Angeles TimesDecember 04, 2014
It has the unfortunate taste of something lean that's been plumped up with empty calories.
Arizona RepublicDecember 04, 2014
"Before I Disappear" wears its big, aching heart on its sleeve with a sincerity so unwavering that it's borderline goofy. And in a film about a burnout bonding with a cute kid, that lack of self-awareness proves critical.
New York TimesNovember 28, 2014
Throughout the movie, you have the feeling of being dragged along on an impromptu journey by a filmmaker who is traveling without the benefit of a GPS device.
Time OutNovember 25, 2014
It's hard to take hectoring parent Emmy Rossum seriously, and there's too much troubling development tucked into a plot that already feels overextended. A surfeit of last-act explanations doesn't help either.
Vanguard SeattleDecember 02, 2016
This is a humorous, emotional and engrossing film.
The Film StageJune 21, 2016
The result of this is Before I Disappear, a darkly comic film about love and family with rich characters and an original voice.
FlavorwireJune 07, 2016
Christensen, who not only stars but writes, produces, and directs, does about a dozen things simultaneously that most movies can't get right individually.
Seattle WeeklyNovember 12, 2015
Christensen can't settle on a satisfactory tone-mawkish one moment, menacing the next... His movie is so vehement about Richie's redemption that even its bumpy detours are dully predictable.
Cinemalogue.comDecember 31, 2014
The self-indulgent screenplay doesn't commit to its quirky deadpan humor and never generates enough narrative momentum to warrant feature expansion.
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)December 27, 2014
"Before I Disappear" suffers from a bland, disinterested tone. In the end, few will care when all of these people disappear.
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Shawn ChristensenDescription: Shawn Christensen graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design. After graduating, he formed indie rock band Stellastarr* and, while on tour, wrote and sold many screenplays, including Sidney Hall (Fox Searchlight) and Karma Coalition (Warner Bros.). Stellastarr* released two albums on RCA Records and a third album, independently. In 2011, Christensen's short film, Brink, was an Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival and won "Best Festival Film of the Year" by ShortOfTheWeek.com. In 2012, his short film, Curfew, won over 40 awards in Film Festivals before winning the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards.
Fatima PtacekDescription: Fatima Ptacek is an actress, known for Before I Disappear (2014), Curfew (2012) and Dora the Explorer (2000).
Emmy RossumBirth date: 12 September 1986, New York City, New York, USADescription: It would seem that 2004, the year of her 18th birthday, will be remembered as pivotal for Emmy Rossum due to her appearance in two very different films, The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004). Emmy's performance in the latter film gained her a Golden Globe nomination.Emmanuelle Grey Rossum was born in New York City, where she was raised by her single mother, Cheryl Rossum, a corporate photographer (she has only met her father a few times). Her mother is of Russian Jewish descent and her father has English and Dutch ancestry. After passing an audition at the Metropolitan Opera when she was 7 years old, Rossum performed in more than 20 operas in six different languages at Lincoln Center, alongside such figures as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. She was directed by Franco Zeffirelli in "Carmen." She left the opera when she entered her teenage years, as she had grown too tall to perform as a child. Emmy also appeared in a Carnegie Hall presentation of "The Damnation of Faust." She graduated from the Spence School, a private institution in Manhattan, in 1996 and then earned a high school diploma when 15 years old by taking online extension courses offered by Stanford University (Education Program for Gifted Youth). She later enrolled at Columbia University and studied art history and French.In a change of venue, Emmy created the role of Abigail Williams in the daytime soap opera As the World Turns (1956) in 1997 and branched out in performances in the made-for-television movies Genius (1999) and The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000), in which she played the title character as a young teenager. Other television work included Snoops (1999), Law & Order (1990), and The Practice (1997).Emmy made her theatrical feature debut in the indie film Songcatcher (2000), with her good friend Rhoda Griffis, which won the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2000. Rossum received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance for her performance as an Appalachian orphan. She played an aspiring songwriter (the title character) in the romantic comedy Nola (2003). Cast as the ill-fated daughter of a small-business owner in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River (2003), she projected an aura of innocence that made her character's tragic death memorable and heartbreaking. This was her first major studio film.After six months of filming her role as the fresh-faced but highly intelligent teenage damsel in distress The Day After Tomorrow (2004) in Montreal, she returned to New York and screen-tested for the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) in full costume and makeup, and was finally selected for the part by Andrew Lloyd Webber after singing for him at his home. Although she was surprised to be chosen ahead of many better-known and older actresses considered for the part, the combination of her vulnerable, fragile beauty and fine, classically trained singing voice ultimately proved that she was perfectly cast. In preparation for the role, she took ballet classes for two months and started polishing her singing. Emmy has commented that, in her approach to acting, she draws heavily upon her own experiences, so she visited locations in Paris and conjured up what she terms "past memories" to draw upon in making her performance emotionally realistic. She stood on the roof of the Opéra Garnier, where Christine sings "All I Ask of You," and went underneath the opera house, where there is actually a gloomy, dark lake. She studied Degas's paintings of ballerinas in the Musée d'Orsay to learn how to stand like one.Her next project Poseidon (2006) was a mainstream effort, but since its release, she has been more true to advice she obtained from Sean Penn when making Mystic River (2003), that she should be picky and only accept roles that are fun to do, such as Dragonball Evolution (2009).
Paul WesleyBirth date: 23 July 1982, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USADescription: Paul was raised in the Marlboro, New Jersey. His parents immigrated from Poland, where he spent a large portion of his childhood. Many of his relatives still reside there.During his high school years, Paul was actively involved in theater studies, primarily in New York City. He attended Christian Brothers Academy, Marlboro High School, and Lakewood Prep. He was expelled from the first school for getting into fights.Whilst his junior year he landed the role of Max in The Guiding Light (1952). Due to his acting schedule, he transferred to several schools. He ultimately graduated in 2000 and went on to Rutgers University but, because he was being offered roles, decided to quit after one semester.In 2009 he was cast in The Vampire Diaries (2009). He auditioned for both the roles of Damon, the bad vampire brother, and Stefan, the good vampire brother. It was ultimately decided he would work better as Stefan.He resides in Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, where he continues filming as well as directing 'The Vampire Diaries'.
Ron PerlmanBirth date: 13 April 1950, New York City, New York, USADescription: Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions.Ronald N. Perlman was born April 13, 1950 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy (Rosen), is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman, now deceased, was a repairman and a drummer. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Hungary, Germany and Poland).With a career spanning over three decades, Perlman has worked alongside such diverse actors as Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Dominique Pinon, Brad Dourif, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jude Law, Christina Ricci, Federico Luppi, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Wincott and Elijah Wood to name a few.While he has never been a bankable star, Perlman has always had a large fanbase. He started out strong as Amoukar, one of the tribesmen in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Academy Award-winning film La guerre du feu (1981), for which he earned a Genie Award nomination. Perlman teamed up with Annaud again, this time as a hunchback named Salvatore in Der Name der Rose (1986). His first real breakthrough came later when he landed the role of the noble lion-man Vincent, opposite Linda Hamilton on the fantasy series Beauty and the Beast (1987). His work in this role earned him not only a Golden Globe Award but an underground fan following. Sadly the series was cancelled in its third season shortly after Hamilton's character's death.After that, he spent time doing supporting work on television and independent films such as Guillermo del Toro's debut Cronos (1993) (where a lifelong friendship and collaboration between the director and Perlman would blossom) as Angel and his first lead role as One in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's surreal La cité des enfants perdus (1995). His first real big role in a mainstream film came when Jeunet wanted him for the brutish Johner in his first Hollywood outing Alien: Resurrection (1997). Perlman has also used his distinctive voice to his advantage, appearing in many animated films/series, commercials and he is a video game fan favorite because of his work on such games as the Fallout series.It was not until much later he received worldwide fame when his good friend Guillermo del Toro helped him land the title role in the big-budget comic book movie Hellboy (2004). Del Toro fought the studio for four years because they wanted a more secure name, but he stood his ground and in 2004, after almost 25 years in and out of obscurity, Perlman became and household name and a sought out actor. Perlman has had one of the most offbeat careers in film, playing everything from a prehistoric ape-man to an aging transsexual and will always be a rarity in Hollywood.Other notable roles include the cunning Norman Arbuthnot in The Last Supper (1995), sniper expert Koulikov in Enemy at the Gates (2001), vampire leader Reinhardt in Blade II (2002), his reprisal of Hellboy in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) and biker chief Clarence Morrow on the popular series Sons of Anarchy (2008).He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Opal, and their two children, Blake and Brandon.
Richard SchiffBirth date: 27 May 1955, Bethesda, Maryland, USADescription: Richard was the middle of three sons born to Edward, a real estate lawyer, and Charlotte, a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was 12. He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma. He tried studying at the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1973, but had no interest. After not bothering to show up for finals, he headed to Colorado where he cut firewood and lived a hippie life. He returned to New York in 1975 and started studying acting at CCNY and eventually was accepted into their theater program. He initially disliked acting and studied to be a director. He directed several off-Broadway plays, including "Antigone" with a then just-graduated Angela Bassett in 1983. He also met present wife, Sheila Kelley, during auditions for this play. The two married in 1996. In the mid-1980s, Richard says he conquered his fears and decided to take a stab at acting. He got several TV roles, but he was seen by Steven Spielberg in an episode of the TV drama High Incident (1996). Spielberg then cast him in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and his career has been on an upward climb ever since that has led to his co-starring role in The West Wing (1999).
Fran KranzBirth date: 13 July 1981, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Francis Elliott "Fran" Kranz is an American film, television and Broadway actor. Kranz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He started acting in third and fourth grade, and knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an actor. He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1999 and later from Yale University in 2004, where he was a member of the improve comedy group The Ex!t Players. He is best known for his portrayal of Topher Brink in the science fiction drama series Dollhouse. He had prominent roles in the films The Cabin in the Woods and Much Ado About Nothing. In 2012, he played Bernard in Death of a Salesman beginning a career on Broadway that continued with 2014's You Can't Take It with You.
Hani AvitalBirth date: 13 July 1981, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Hani Avital is known for her work on Before I Disappear (2014), Demolition (2015) and Hail Mary (2016).
Isabelle McNallyBirth date: 13 July 1981, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Isabelle McNally is an actress, known for Frances Ha (2012), Before I Disappear (2014) and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013).
Sean RinggoldBirth date: 13 July 1981, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Sean Ringgold is best known for his six-year portrayal of Shaun Evans on One Life to Live (ABC). You can now find Sean on a number of current projects, including Orange Is The New Black (Netflix), Billions (Showtime), Shades of Blue (NBC), The Breaks (VH1) as well as Luke Cage (Marvel), which is scheduled to be released on Netflix later this year.Additional television credits include Damages with Glenn Close (FX), Gotham with Jada Pinkett Smith (FOX), Gossip Girl (CW), Ugly Betty with America Ferrera (ABC), 30 Rock (NBC), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni (NBC), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC), Are We There Yet? with Ice Cube (TBS), Taxi Brooklyn (NBC), The Carrie Diaries with AnnaSophia Robb (CW), NYC 22 (CBS), Blue Bloods with Donnie Wahlberg (CBS), and 106 & Park (BET).Sean Ringgold first appeared on the big screen back in 2009, alongside Angela Bassett, when he played the role of Marion "Suge" Knight in the Notorious B.I.G. biopic of Notorious. He has also starred in such films as American Gangster, The Smurfs, Before I Disappear. You can catch Sean in several upcoming projects, including No More Mr. Nice Guy and Wetlands.Ringgold has appeared in numerous national advertising campaigns and commercials for brands including Budweiser, Burger King, Dr. Scholl's, Dunkin Donuts, Delta Airlines, Kia, Fiat 500 by Gucci, Nexium, Nike, Tampax, Time Warner Cable and Spike TV.
Joseph DeVitoBirth date: 30 December 1974, Yonkers, New York, USADescription: Joseph DeVito was born on December 30, 1974 in Yonkers, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Boardwalk Empire (2010), Before I Disappear (2014) and Everybody Hates Chris (2005).
Michael DrayerBirth date: 19 March 1986, Staten Island, New York, USADescription: Michael Drayer was born on March 19, 1986 in Staten Island, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Louie (2010), Mr. Robot (2015) and Vinyl (2016).
Stephanie KurtzubaBirth date: 19 March 1986, Staten Island, New York, USADescription: Stephanie Kurtzuba is a NYC based actress. Her career has spanned the mediums of film, television and live theatre. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and later graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree and honors in Acting. She is married with 2 children and is represented by Tony Cloer of Blue Ridge Entertainment in NYC.
Joe PerrinoBirth date: 1982, The Bronx, New York, USADescription: Joe Perrino was born in 1982 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Sleepers (1996), The Mighty (1998) and Before I Disappear (2014).
James Andrew O'ConnorBirth date: 1982, The Bronx, New York, USADescription: James Andrew O'Connor is an actor and producer, known for St. Vincent (2014), Gotham (2014) and Before I Disappear (2014). He has been married to Tammy Nally since August 6, 2009.
Victor CruzBirth date: 5 August 1980, New York, USADescription: Victor Cruz was born on August 5, 1980 in New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Other Woman (2014), Side Effects (2013) and The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009).
David PendletonBirth date: 5 August 1980, New York, USADescription: David Pendleton is an actor, known for Before I Disappear (2014).
Kitty ChenBirth date: 5 August 1980, New York, USADescription: Kitty Chen is known for her work on Before I Disappear (2014) and Pictures of Anna (2009).
J. Elaine MarcosBirth date: 5 August 1980, New York, USADescription: With extensive Broadway credits, J. Elaine is known for her comedic timing and scene stealing roles. J. Elaine starred as "Lily St. Regis" in the Broadway revival of Annie opposite Jane Lynch, and as "Cynthia" in Priscilla Queen of the Desert which earned her an Astaire Award Nomination for Excellence in Dance. Other Broadway credits include the revival of A Chorus Line, The Wedding Singer, Flower Drum Song, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, and Miss Saigon. J. Elaine made her feature film debut in _MorningGlory(2010)_ as "Lisa Bartlett" opposite Rachel McAdams. J. Elaine continued to appear on the big screen in St. Vincent (2014) with Bill Murray, Before I Disappear (2014) and in the critically acclaimed documentary Every Little Step (2008), which chronicles the emotional audition process for the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. As a comedian, J. Elaine writes and produces her own comedy blog Motivational Mondays with "V" on her J. Elaine Marcos YouTube Channel as well as continuing to produce her own brand of comedy which incorporates everything a Broadway gypsy does well, singing, dancing, and acting. J. Elaine is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She is originally from Burlington, Ontario, Canada and now resides in Los Angeles. J. Elaine is often described as the Asian-Kristin Chenoweth.
Anthoula KatsimatidesBirth date: 5 August 1980, New York, USADescription: Anthoula Katsimatides is an actress and producer, known for Taking Woodstock (2009), Before I Disappear (2014) and The Family (2013).
Mara KassinBirth date: 5 August 1980, New York, USADescription: Mara Kassin is an actress and producer, known for Curfew (2012), Grandma's Not a Toaster (2013) and Rootz (2014).
David H. HolmesBirth date: 5 August 1980, New York, USADescription: David H. Holmes is an actor and director, known for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Mr. Robot (2015).
Greg ConnollyBirth date: 30 March 1964, New York City, New York, USADescription: Greg Connolly was born on March 30, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Before I Disappear (2014) and Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013).
Camille HowardBirth date: 30 March 1964, New York City, New York, USADescription: Camille Howard is an actress and writer, known for Facing Real Issues: A Health Education Video Series (2012), Before I Disappear (2014) and The Road Back (2012).
Letty SeraBirth date: 30 March 1964, New York City, New York, USADescription: Letty Sera is an actress, known for Before I Disappear (2014), Bravo Giorgio (2001) and The Last American Guido (2014).
Directors of "Before I Disappear"
Shawn ChristensenDescription: Shawn Christensen graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design. After graduating, he formed indie rock band Stellas...
Creators of "Before I Disappear"
Shawn ChristensenDescription: Shawn Christensen graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design. After graduating, he formed indie rock band Stellas...