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Before You Know It – 7:30pm

October 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:08 pm


Before You Know It

Co-written and Directed by: Hannah Pearl Utt
Cast: Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mike Colter, Alec Baldwin, Mandy Patinkin
Comedy/Drama | PG for language | 98 min. | USA

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Monday, October 21 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 27 – 8:15 pm


“A noteworthy work from an upcoming dynamic duo, co-writers Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock, who have a chemistry that you want to see in more films, especially if they’re like Before You Know It.” – Nick Allen,


“Before You Know It shifts seamlessly from quirky to sad to mysterious to wacky to surreal within just the space of a few days, so much so that you’d never know it’s director Hannah Pearl Utt’s feature filmmaking debut.” – Christy Lemire,


“The story is one of insecurity, veracity, and vulnerability, a little movie with a natural sincerity that you won’t find in huge studio films.” – Louisa Moore, Screen Zealots


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 scenario.


3 Nominations:
Nominated – Best American Independent Feature Film, Cleveland International Film Festival, 2019
Nominated – Narrative Feature Competition, Dallas International Film Festival, 2019
Nominated – Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival, 2019



October 21, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:08 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop St. W.
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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