Wake (2018 film)

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Directed by
  • Cyrus Mirakhor
Produced by
  • Cyrus Mirakhor
Screenplay byCarey Crim
Based onWAKE (play)
by Carey Crim
  • Myndy Crist
  • James Denton
  • Jo Koy
  • Caroline Lagerfelt
  • Paige Searcy
  • Paul Stroili
Music byRich Jaques
CinematographyVictor Avila
Edited byArchana Shinde
Mirrorcore Productions
Distributed byGravitas Ventures
Release date
  • October 13, 2018 (2018-10-13) (World premiere)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Wake. is a 2018 American dramatic comedy film directed and produced by Cyrus Mirakhor and written by Carey Crim. It is an adaptation of the play Wake by Carey Crim which premiered at Purple Rose on June 18, 2009.[1][2]

The film marks the independent film debut of comedian Jo Koy.[3][4]


A widowed mortician receives a birthday gag gift from her mother and daughter. The gift, a life-size doll, soon comes to life as her dead husband, complicating life with her family and her budding relationship with a documentary filmmaker.[5]


  • Myndy Crist as Molly Harrison
  • James Denton as Joe Frederickson
  • Jo Koy as Peter Lewis
  • Caroline Lagerfelt as Ivy Rose
  • Paige Searcy as Sam Lewis
  • Paul Stroili as Frank[6]


Wake. was filmed in Long Beach, California over a 16-day period in June and July, 2017.[7]
Grammy Award-winning composer Rich Jacques provided the score and collaborated with his writing partner Lisa Loeb on two songs, for which she also provided the vocals.


The film premiered at Heartland International Film Festival on October 13, 2018.[8] It had a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles beginning September 20, 2019.[9]

The film released on digital download through all major video on demand providers on October 8, 2019.[10]

Following the 2018 Heartland Film Festival premiere, the film was an official selection in other notable film festivals including 2019 Newport Beach Film Fest[11]; 2019 Sedona International Film Festival; 2019 Riverside International Film Festival[12]; 2019 Omaha Film Festival[13]; 2019 Method Fest Independent Film Festival[14]; 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival[15]; and 2018 Ridgefield Independent Film Festival.[16]



Wake. won the Director's Choice, Best Indie Spirit (Narrative Feature) at the 2019 Sedona International Film Festival.[17]

At the 2019 Riverside International Film Festival, it won Jury Best Feature, Jury Best Actress (Myndy Crist), Best Supporting Actress (Caroline Lagerfelt), and President's Award (Ensemble Cast).[18]

It received the Best of Fest award at the 2019 Alexandria Film Festival in Virginia.[19][20]

It received the Cambria Heart Award at the 2020 Cambria Film Festival.[21]

External Links[edit]

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  1. "Archive - Season 18". Purple Rose Theatre. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  2. Grigware, Don (April 28, 2014). "BWW Reviews: SeaGlass Theatre's WAKE a Winning West Coast Premiere". BroadwayWorld.
  3. "Dark Comedy WAKE to Premiere at the Heartland International Film Festival". BroadwayWorld. September 18, 2018.
  4. Oka, Nicole (November 11, 2018). "24 Films You Won't Want to Miss at the 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival". Honolulu.
  5. "Official Wake. Press Kit 2018" (PDF).
  6. "iTunes Entry for Wake". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  7. "Official Wake. Press Kit 2018" (PDF).
  8. "The Heartland International Film Festival announces selections for 27th edition". Heartland Film Festival. September 17, 2018.
  9. Cooper, Matt (September 15, 2019). "New movies in L.A. this week". Los Angeles Times.
  10. "Wake. Summary". The_Numbers_(website).
  11. "Newport Beach Film Fest 2019 Wake. Entry". Newport Beach Film Festival.
  12. "2019 Riverside International Film Festival Schedule".
  13. "2019 Omaha Film Festival Schedule" (PDF).
  14. "Method Fest 2019 Program". Method Fest Independent Film Festival.
  15. "HIFF 2018 Lineup". Hawaii International Film Festival.
  16. "Ridgefield IFF 2018 Wake Entry".
  17. "Sedona International Film Festival 2019 Festival Award-Winners". Sedona Film Festival.
  18. "Riverside International Film Festival 2019 Festival Winners".
  19. "Alexandria Film Festival 2019 Wrap Up".
  20. "Alexandria Film Fest Awards Top Honors to 'Wake'".
  21. "Cambria Film Festival Announces Winners".

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