BEFORE THE FIRE (2020) Reviews and overview

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‘There is no place like home.’

Before the Fire is a 2020 science-fiction thriller about a young woman forced to flee a pandemic who returns to even more trouble in her hometown.

Directed by Charlie Buhler – making his feature debut – from a screenplay written by Jenna Lyng Adams who also stars. The movie also headlines Jackson Davis, Ryan Vigilant and Charles Hubbell


Deep in the throes of a global pandemic, up-and-coming TV star, Ava Boone, is forced to flee the mounting chaos in Los Angeles and return to her rural hometown. But as she struggles to acclimate to a way of life she left behind long ago, her homecoming attracts a dangerous figure from her past – threatening both her and the family that serves as her only sanctuary…


Before the Fire had its world premiere at Cinequest, in March. Dark Sky Films has acquired distribution for all of North America and will release the movie on Digital on August 14th, 2020.


“It’s a good slice of life, and a good microscope on the part Hollywood usually doesn’t show us in this genre. Before the Fire isn’t about surviving an apocalypse; it’s about how to survive yourself.” Fanboy Planet

Before The Fire is about trauma, family dynamics, fear, betrayal, and power. It will pull you in from the very first moments and not let up until the credits. It’s like watching a pot boil over and you cannot reach the burner. It feels too real.” I Scream, You Scream

“The setting of this film is goddamn perfect, with South Dakota serving as ideal environments for a film about, well, Midwest rural farms. The camera work is conventional but effective, balancing longer shots with quick not-exactly-on-the-action cuts when the action starts to amp up. Accurate farm duties, for this Midwestern idiot (i.e. me), were also a huge plus. Well done.” Killer Horror Critic

“By imbuing the film with the constant threat of danger, Buhler and Adams give Ava the opportunity for self-actualization without the need for a compromise predicated on her gender or background. The empathetic storytelling on display is well-realized, and, especially for a first-time director, Buhler has an impressive control of tone…”

Cast and characters:

  • Jenna Lyng Adams … Ava Boone
  • Jackson Davis … Kelly Rhodes
  • Ryan Vigilant … Max Rhodes
  • Charles Hubbell … Jasper Boone
  • Dakota Morrissiey … Jake
  • Tim Driscoll … Bob
  • M.J. Karmi … Betsy Rhodes
  • Lisa Goodman … Maddy Boone
  • John Tague … Mr Johnson
  • Charlie Buhler … Erin
  • Andrew Marksman … Dead Man in Car
  • Martin Mica … Handsome Man

Filming locations:

  • South Dakota

Original title:

The Great Silence

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