Short-film director will stay for Q&A  

The Howland Cultural Center will screen the Oscar-winning short film Curfew at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. 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. A question-and-answer session with writer and director Shawn Christensen will follow, along with a screening of the feature film.

A scene from Curfew with Shawn Christensen and Fatima Ptacek.
A scene from Curfew with Shawn Christensen and Fatima Ptacek.

The film follows Richie, played by Christensen, who at the lowest point in his life is asked to look after his 9-year-old niece, Sophia (played by Fatima Ptacek), for a few hours. Admission is $20 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Cultural Center, which is located at 477 Main St. in Beacon. For more information, visit

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