Before I Disappear

Synopsis: A troubled young man and his strait-laced niece embark on a thrilling odyssey through New York City in this heartrending drama based on an Oscar-winning short. As his life hits rock bottom, 20-something Richie decides to end it all, only to have his half-hearted suicide attempt 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: Drama
Director(s): Shawn Christensen
Production: IFC Films
  16 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

the dot, there'll be hell to pay.

Well, now that we cleared that up

I don't know if you remember me

but... my name is Richard.

And I am...

your uncle.

I don't care.

So, what, you,

take school in the summer?


What, did you flunk?

No, I'm skipping 6th grade.

You're skipping 6th grade.

Skipping 6th grade.

I loved 6th grade.

I loved it so much, I took it twice.

You don't have to go

beyond this point.

Okay, yeah.

Well, it's nice to meet you.

- Tell your mom I say hello.

- Goodbye.

Dear Vista you're not

gonna believe this

but I now feel worse

than I did before.

I'm not even kidding. Still,

my plan remains the same

but I cannot bear to

return to the red water.

I'm gonna try a softer

approach this time.

Something that won't

leave us quite a mess.

Normally, as you know,

I try to stay away from the pills

because of the adverse side effects

especially the paranoid delusions.

They're usually the first to surface.

I really hope it doesn't happen now.

Particularly the one delusion

where I owe people money.


- Yeah?

- You got our money?

- Who is this?

- You know who this is.

And you know the number. It's $800.


Yeah, I thought it was $600.

No, that was yesterday.

Today it's $800.

Well, what if I give it to you tomorrow?

What's it gonna be then?

You won't have it tomorrow, Richie.

That's the point. You'll never have it.

- I'll have it tomorrow.

- Yeah? How you gonna do that?

Don't worry about it. Okay?

I'm gonna have it for you tomorrow.

I'm gonna have it for you

tomorrow at dinnertime.

- Dinnertime. So 5 o'clock?

- Dinnertime is 7 o'clock.

Dinnertime is 5 o'clock

where I come from.

Yeah? Well, I guess you

come from America.

I come from New York

where it's 7 o'clock.

You're full of shit. You ain't

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Shawn Christensen

Shawn Christensen is a musician, filmmaker, and artist. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration and graphic design. Christensen was the frontman of the indie rock band Stellastarr. In 2013, he won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his 2012 short film Curfew. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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