Curfew, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival, is director/writer Shawn Christensen's third short film.
He attended the Pratt Institute and got a degree in illustration and graphic design. He was also an actor, and a member of a band, Stellastarr, that signed with RCA. And he wrote the screenplay for Abduction (2011), the Taylor Lautner vehicle.
Curfew is a dark and insightful New York movie, perfect for the Tribeca Film Festival, and features a beautiful performance by Christensen as Richie, as well as his two co-stars, Kim Allen (who plays Richie's sister Maggie) and Fatima Ptacek (who plays Sophia, his niece). Only 19 minutes long, and shot in 7 days, it is a perfectly realized and beautifully imagined story of a drug addict uncle trying to connect to his 9-year-old niece. I was happy to get the chance to speak with Christensen about the making of Curfew.(2)