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Wake is a short film about death and acceptance. Screenings have shocked and impressed viewers, and we want to take it on the road!

Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult, but denying it is dangerous. 

 Wake is a powerful and symbolic short film that deals with death and the process of acceptance. The film tells the story of a man trapped in an empty house with the death of a loved one hanging over him. As the denial falls apart, so does the world that he's trapped in.

We've already done the hard work. Now let's take it places. 

Wake has already been shot and is now in the final stages of editing. The cast, crew, and early viewers of the film agree it has the potential to be shown at film festivals around the country (and maybe even at a foreign festival or two). However, to get it there we need a few things: 

  • Festival Submission Fees. Even with earlybird rates, it costs $30-$50 per festival submission. 
  • Social Advertising. Using tools like facebook advertising and putting together a website for the film can get the exposure we need to make it big. 
  • Making An Appearance. Networking is everything, and attending festivals is extremely important.

 Cast & Crew 

 CAST

  • Jared Newman 
  • John Erskine 
  • Rebekah Patti 

CREW 

  • Zachary Overfelt (2nd Assistant Director) 
  • Gigi D'Elia (Makeup Artist)
  • Kiri Lewallen (Sound Designer) 

Donations & Rewards

We appreciate every dollar you donate, so we've come up with some awesome rewards for everyone who donates. Some of the highlights include:

  • Original soundtrack download (music by Second Suspense) for donations of $7+ 
  • IMDB credit for donations of $20+
  • Full sized theatrical poster signed by writer/director Austin Smagalski for donations of $30+

IF YOU ORDER A POSTER, PLEASE INDICATE WHICH DESIGN YOU WOULD LIKE BY COMMENT OR EMAIL:

 If you don't have the means to donate, there are plenty of other things you can do to help! 

  • Like us on Facebook and share our page 
  • Show the trailer to everybody you know! 
  • Share our campaign on Facebook and Twitter 

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING OUR CAMPAIGN! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This film was made on a $600 budget completely out of the director's pocket. This project has been made possible by the incredibly creative team who donated their time to the film. So far, it's all been risk. If we can raise this money, we can get the exposure the film deserves.

Many challenges lie ahead of us, including submission deadlines, competing with other films, etc. We're very excited to meet these challenges!

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    THE SEGWAY - Receive special thanks on the official Wake website! You will be listed among the many supporters of Wake's festival appearances.

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    THE HITCHHIKER - All above rewards, plus a Wake postcard with a personalized thank-you note from director Austin Smagalski

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    THE SIDECAR - All above rewards plus a free digital download of the Wake soundtrack featuring original music from the German composing duo Second Suspense!

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    THE TAXI - All above rewards, plus a digital download of the film the day after its festival premiere!

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    THE CARPOOLER - All above rewards, plus a mini-poster (11"x17") of your choice (shipping included)

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    THE MINIVAN - All above rewards, plus credit on the official Wake IMDB as a contributor!

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    THE CONVERTIBLE - All above rewards, but INSTEAD of a mini poster, you will receive a full-size (24"x36") Wake theatrical poster of your choice, signed by writer & director Austin Smagalski (shipping included)

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    THE LIMOUSINE - All above rewards PLUS a private invitation to the cast and crew screening of Wake this October! (travel not included) [choice of large or small poster]

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    THE SPONSOR - This perk is for COMPANIES who are interested in SPONSORING our festival run. We will add your company logo to our credits with the caption "Festival appearances made possible by:" If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to discuss details and pre-screen the film, please contact Austin at Austin@smagalskifilms.com

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