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Wake (2018 film)

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Wake.
Directed by
  • Cyrus Mirakhor
Produced by
  • Cyrus Mirakhor
Screenplay byCarey Crim
Based onWAKE (play)
by Carey Crim
Starring
Music byRich Jaques
CinematographyVictor Avila
Edited byArchana Shinde
Production
company
Mirrorcore Productions
Distributed byGravitas Ventures
Release date
  • October 13, 2018 (2018-10-13) (World premiere)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Wake. is a 2018 US 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]

Plot[edit | edit source]

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]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

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.

Release[edit | edit source]

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]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Accolades[edit | edit source]

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

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

External Links[edit | edit source]

Category:2018 films Category:English-language films Category:2010s romantic comedy films Category:Love stories Category:Films about interracial romance Category:American comedy-drama films Category:American films Category:Films about dysfunctional families

References[edit | edit source]

  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 (magazine).
  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".



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