The Script Lab Podcast: Jen Tullock and Hannah Pearl Utt — Writers/Directors of BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (2019)

Today I speak with Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock, writers of the adorable indie comedy Before You Know It, which Hannah also directed. Hannah and Jen star as sisters from a dysfunctional family who discover their birth mother (played by Judith Light) isn’t dead, but alive and acting on a popular soap opera. Mandy Patinkin and Alec Baldwin also star.

I was excited to talk to Hannah and Jen because they developed their film through the illusive Sundance Filmmaker labs – something I’ve personally been rejected from numerous times. Luckily, Hannah and Jen share their advice on applying to the labs and the one thing that ended up being a game-changer and helped get them in.

Listen to the podcast below.

Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards

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