Short Film Profile

Leap Before You Look

Faced with his wife's desire to become a mother, a filmmaker goes on a quest to find out how people decide to have kids and identify the sources of his own hesitation. What emerges is an intimate story, peppered with humor and poignancy, where memories and present moments converge in an effort to redefine a couple's future.

Film notes

Leap Before You Look is a first-person short documentary that combines various storytelling styles, including vérité, interviews, narration, animations and family archival material.

Director's Statement:

Initially, this was meant to be a film about procrastination (I even considered a tentative tag line for it: “Coming Soon”). It was an intriguing subject but perhaps too broad and complex to be explored in-depth on the screen.

But why, I asked myself, was I interested in this topic in the first place? What specifically was I delaying in my life? The answer rapidly became clear: I had been indefinitely postponing fatherhood. Cristina, my wife, was ready and eager to become a mother, while I was paralyzed just by the thought of having kids.

So I went on a quest to find out how people decide to become parents. Maybe, I hoped, I would be enlightened by their experiences. After all, having (or not having) children could be considered one of the most important events in a person’s life, along with being born and passing away. Leap Before You Look came into being when I realized that I also needed to look at my own life and delve into the roots of my indecisiveness.

This film reveals a man’s efforts to shake hands with his inner demons. It also brings to light a couple’s struggle to find common ground and understanding when faced with seemingly opposite aspirations.

Perhaps Leap Before You Look can serve as an inspiration to others, as they reflect on their decision – past or future – to become parents. Ultimately, my higher hope is that the film encourages us to gain a greater and more empathic understanding of ourselves, and of the people around us.
first-person personal portrait



Copyright © 2010 Stephane Goldsand

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Previous screenings

16 Mar | New York, United States
1 Apr – 20 Apr | Tucson, United States
22 Apr – 28 Apr | Athens, United States
ADocs Festival | 2011
29 Apr – 27 May | Brazil
Manlleu Short Film Festival
1 Jun – 5 Jun | Manlleu, Spain
14 Jul – 24 Jul | Indianapolis, United States
21 Jul – 29 Jul | Hollywood, United States
10 Aug – 12 Aug | Grand Rapids, United States
18 Aug – 21 Aug | Nevada City, United States
Montréal World Film Festival
18 Aug – 28 Aug | Montréal, Canada
8 Sep – 17 Sep | St. George, United States
Beginning: St. Petersburg International Festival of Debut and Student Films
10 Sep – 16 Sep | St Petersburg, Russia
15 Sep – 25 Sep | Cambridge, United Kingdom
16 Sep – 18 Sep | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
22 Sep – 25 Sep | Dallas, United States
1 Oct – 2 Oct | Santa Clara, United States
6 Oct – 8 Oct | New York, United States
12 Oct – 16 Oct | Chagrin Falls, United States
14 Oct – 16 Oct | Morgan Hill, United States
Morelia International Film Festival
15 Oct – 23 Oct | Morelia, Mexico
18 Oct – 23 Oct | Lille, France
1 Nov – 6 Nov | New York, United States
3 Nov – 6 Nov | Alexandria, United States
17 Nov – 20 Nov | New York, United States
17 Nov – 20 Nov | United States
1 Dec – 4 Dec | Ekaterinburg, Russia
27 Jan – 29 Jan | Peterborough, Canada

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 14 Mar 2011