“Before the Fall”, a Gay Take on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”
“Before the Fall”, a gay re-imagining of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, will be available online to rent or purchase via iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Vudu May 30, 2017. Comcast Xfinity will also showcase the film on demand May 30, 2017. Those interested can pre-order the film now on iTunes. “Before the Fall”, the first gay-themed film shot in Appalachia, is a Washington House, LLC production.
In this inverted version of the classic story, Elizabeth Bennet, now reimagined as the male character Ben Bennett (Ethan Sharrett), is a dashing attorney at the top of the genteel social set in southern Virginia. This placid existence is turned upside down when the rough-hewn Lee Darcy (Chase Conner) comes to town. Lee is a brooding, beaten-down welder with a secret he tries to drink away. After an altercation with his girlfriend, Lee is wrongfully charged with domestic abuse. Ben inadvertently insults Lee at the courthouse and the two men form a strong dislike for each other. This awkward situation is made worse when the two are repeatedly forced to encounter one another in their close-knit town. As the friends around them struggle through romantic misunderstandings, Ben discovers that he has a secret of his own – he has fallen in love with Lee.
“Before the Fall is an extraordinarily beautiful film… immensely romantic and wonderfully constructed… so ambitious and admirable that you’ll find yourself surrendering to the film’s romantic spirit and complete and utter charm.” – Richard Propes “The Independent Critic”
“Fans of the novel find themselves awash in a sea of contradictory characters and situations, a chimeric scope which seems to turn the novel, its characters, and its situations inside out. This works to create a new experience of the familiar work.” – Andrea Press, Professor of Media Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, former Executive Director of the Virginia Film Festival
“Before the Fall” made its world premiere as an official selection of Chicago’s Reeling Film Festival and played alongside “Moonlight” at the Virginia Film Festival. “Before the Fall” was selected as the opening film at Out at the Movies Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Washington House, LLC was founded in 2012 to develop and produce high-quality feature films. “Before the Fall” was written and directed by Byrum Geisler. Brandon Garza served as Director of Photography. The film was produced by Alex Bice, Brandon Garza, Byrum Geisler, and Wes Ross.
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