Film Festival to Screen Oscar Winner

Short-film director will stay for Q&A

The Beacon Independent Film Festival will screen the Oscar-winning short film, Curfew, at the Howland Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. A question-and-answer session with writer and director Shawn Christensen will follow, along with a reception.

A scene from Curfew with Scott Christensen and Fatima Ptacek.

A scene from Curfew with Scott Christensen and Fatima Ptacek.

The 19-minute film, released in 2012, won the Academy Award for Best Short Film — Live Action and was the basis for Christensen’s 2014 feature film, Before I Disappear. The film follows Richie, played by Christensen, who at the lowest point in his life is asked to look after his nine-year-old niece, Sophia (played by Fatima Ptacek), for a few hours.

Admission is $20 at the door, with proceeds benefiting BIFF and the Cultural Center, which is located at 477 Main St. in Beacon. For more information about the film, visit

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