EXCLUSIVE: Shawn Christensen won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for Curfew, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. Now the musician-turned-filmmaker, who also fronts the NY indie band stellastarr*, has cast Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), Emmy Rossum, and Ron Perlman in the untitled feature film based loosely on his Oscar short. Pic follows Richie (Christensen), who at the lowest point of his life gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to look after his 11-year-old niece Sophia for the night. Fatima Ptacek played the niece role in the original Curfew and will reprise the role again in what will mark Christensen’s feature directing debut. Damon Russell, Shawn Christensen, Paul Wesley, Terry Leonard, and Lucan Toh, Oliver Roskill, and Emily Leo of wigwam films will produce. Wesley is repped by ICM, SC Management, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Rossum is repped by ICM, The Schiff Company, and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson. Perlman, currently in theaters in WB’s Pacific Rim, is repped by KLWGN Entertainment and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson. Christensen is repped by Verve and Caliber Media. Filming begins this summer in NYC.
Here’s the trailer for Curfew: