Actors: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum
Director: Shawn Christensen
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Number of discs: 1
Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
DVD Release Date: May 19, 2015
Run Time: 98 minutes
Watching Before I Disappear, I was reminded of the ideology at the center of Whiplash, which says that sometimes the worst thing for an artist is praise and success. Filmmaker Shawn Christensen won an Academy Award for his short film, Curfew, and lazily returned to the same material in feature-length form for Before I Disappear. What started as a clever short has now become a bloated exercise in ego and over-indulgent stylization attempting to make up for the shortage of actual content. I don’t doubt that Christensen has talent, but success may have been the worst possible thing for the quality of his art.