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'Before You Know It' Brings Madcap Comedy to the Screen at the Fall KCET Cinema Series on August 20

Q&A immediately following with filmmakers and stars Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock.

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 that 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 predicament. The cast includes Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, Mike Colter and Alec Baldwin.

In her director’s statement, Hannah Pearl Utt said “'Before You Know It' began in New York with a collaboration between two unlikely friends. When I met Jen Tullock at a birthday party a decade ago, we were like oil and water; we didn’t understand each other and had very little interest in trying. After a week of sharing dead lunch shifts at the same Brooklyn diner, however, it became clear that we were just different sides of the same anxious, theater nerd, ex-homeschooler coin. Many years of friendship, a repertoire of work, and a shared therapist later, Jen and I are playing sisters who embody those first impression versions of ourselves — our greatest fears about who we are to each other and the world at large.”

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The film screens at 7:00 p.m. at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Deadline’s chief film critic Pete Hammond, who can also be seen on KCET’s Must See Movies, will moderate Q&A immediately following with filmmakers and stars Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock. “Before You Know It” will be released in theatres on August 30, 2019.

The fall season of the KCET Cinema Series is generously sponsored by Deadline.com. The season begins on August 13 and runs through October 1. Season passes are available online and individual admissions are available at the door for $30 each. The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 and nearby parking is available. To learn more about the series call 201.747.5238.

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