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Before You Know It


Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.

Co-writer/director/star Hannah Pearl Utt is a triple threat with an impeccable sense of timing and a flair for juxtaposing unpredictable elements. Just as pragmatic Rachel and off-the-wall Jackie seem to hail from different planets while inhabiting the same universe, so too do the film’s over-the-top moments and characters coexist alongside subtle, grounded ones. Equal parts madcap comedy, adult coming-of-age story, and poignant drama, Before You Know It gleefully defies categorization, and that is its genius.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY U.S. Dramatic Competition


RUN TIME 98 min

EMAIL beforeyouknowitmovie@gmail.com


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Sound Design/Mix

Artist Bio

Hannah Pearl Utt

Hannah Pearl Utt is best known for directing and starring in the series Disengaged, which she created and wrote with Jen Tullock. Utt and Tullock’s short film Partners premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In 2017, Utt was selected for Sundance Institute's inaugural Catalyst Women initiative and the 2017 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab. Before You Know It, which received a 2018 Adrienne Shelly Foundation Women Filmmakers Grant, marks Utt’s feature directorial debut.