2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Before The Sun Explodes

Monday, March 14
6:30PM - 7:50PM

Vimeo Theater
500 Ceasar Chavez, entrance at Ceasar Chavez and Red River


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Ken Cooper was a successful comedian in the 1990's, but his single-guy jokes are irrelevant twenty years later. Now he's an anxiety ridden, stay-at-home dad, clinging to a TV show dream that his breadwinner wife doesn't believe in. Tonight could be a big break for Ken- a final shot at selling his pitch. But after an epic fight with his wife, Ken's no longer welcome home. Their clash alters everything- on stage and off. Ken’s crushed, with nowhere to turn, until he meets Holly; a bright, charismatic comedienne, who lures him out of his shell and into her bizarre world. Their very real connection leads to a somewhat surreal, unforgettable and possibly unforgivable night.

Section: Narrative Feature Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 80min

Director: Debra Eisenstadt

Executive Producer: Michael Kvamme

Producer: Debra Eisenstadt, Zeke Farrow, Cosmos Kiindarius

Screenwriter: Debra Eisenstadt, Zeke Farrow

Cinematographer: Sean Webley

Editor: Debra Eisenstadt

Production Designer: Katsuya Imai

Sound Designer: Michael Kross

Music: Mel Elias

Additional Credits: Actor: Eric Fillipkowski, Actor: Mark Serritella

Principal Cast: Bill Dawes, Sarah Butler, Christine Woods, Michael Rivkin, Amir Arison, Keri Safran, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Max Morgen, Jasper Morgen, Kristin Slaysman


Eisenstadt wrote, produced, directed & edited 3 feature films; BEFORE THE SUN EXPLODES, DAYDREAM BELIEVER (Independent Spirit Award winner, Grand Jury Prize Slamdance) & THE LIMBO ROOM, Co-Exec. Produced- KURT COBAIN;MONTAGE OF HECK. Acting; various theater, film & TV, most notably starring in the theater & film versions of David Mamet’s OLEANNA.

Sales Agent: Cinetic Media - Linzee Troubh

Public Film Contact
Debra Eisenstadt

Publicity Contact
Rob Scheer



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