Before You Know It

Director: Hannah Pearl Utt
2019 | USA | 98m
GENRE: Comedy | Drama | Jewish | Lesbian | Parenting/Family | Relationships | Theatre/Performance Art
SECTION: Centerpiece | US Feature
Expected Guests: Director Hannah Pearl Utt, Writer/Actor Jen Tullock

Exceptionally funny, smart, and heartfelt, Before You Know It welcomes us into the eccentric Gurner family home, perched atop their business: a community theater in downtown NYC.

Type A lesbian Rachel’s responsibilities as the stage manager of both their performances and private lives have kept her from having her own life independent of her playwright father Mel, elder sister Jackie, and soon-to-be-teenage niece Dodge. When tragedy strikes and the sisters discover their mother—presumed dead since their childhood—is actually the aging star of a popular soap opera, they’re faced with a choice: maintain the status quo or blow it up… and in the process, maybe grow up a little themselves.

Making waves at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, co-writers Jen Tullock and Hannah Pearl Utt star alongside Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, and Alec Baldwin in this winning comedy, which places the duo’s superb comic timing and spectacular flair for dialogue and detail front and center.



SF Sketchfest

  • Premiere Status: Bay Area