On Saturday, March 13, 2010 I attended the gala World Premiere of Wake at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The sold-out screening was held in the legendary 1200-seat Paramount Theatre, the largest venue of the festival. The movie was accompanied by the expectations and media attention that come with such a high profile event.

Wake is the directorial debut for Chad Feehan, who also wrote and produced. His name may not be that familiar to my readers but his previous production credit certainly is -- Feehan backed All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which was one of my Top Picks from the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and it's likely that more words have been written on this blog about that one film than any other. His track record is one reason I was drawn to this film, along with the talented ensemble cast and film's genre.
Putting his own spin on the classic motel psychological thriller, Feehan weaves a Hitchcockian tale that opens with Paul (Josh Stewart) and his girlfriend Adrienne (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) having a near-accident while practicing some extracurricular activity in their car. Shaken up, the incident convinces them to get some shuteye, and Roy's Motel looks like the perfect respite. Of course, not everything is as it seems, and the ensuing terror and mystery wowed me enough to give Wake a 5/5 and place it on my list of Top 5 Picks from the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

Chris Hayes, Robert Maxhimer, Wade Feehan, Christopher Gessner, Angela Featherstone, Afemo Omilami, Chris Browning, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler walked the red carpet along with writer/director Chad Feehan. Star Josh Stewart joined most of the group in the Q&A.

Here are some pictures I shot as the cast & crew arrived on the red carpet and during the Q&A following the screening:

RED CARPET GALLERY (39 photos on 2 pages)

Q&A GALLERY (10 photos)


NOTE: See my full-length review HERE.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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