Chad Feehan’s psychological thriller “Wake” has been picked up by IFC Films, the company said Wednesday. The film, which stars Josh Stewart, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Chris Browning, Angela Featherstone and Afemo Omilami, made its world premiere in March at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. IFC, which took North American rights to the feature, will release the film via its IFC Midnight on demand platform which brings films to on-demand viewers across the country.
IFC Films’ Lizzie Nastro negotiated the deal with Ben Weiss of Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
“Wake” centers on Paul (Stewart) and Adrienne (Sigler) as they travel to a wedding in Los Angeles through the Mojave Desert. Road-weary, they decide to stop for the night at lonely Roy’s Motel and Cafe. This roadside artifact proves to be a strange and surreal place with an unsettling mix of travelers, including a sketchy front-desk manager and his promiscuous wife. Ultimately, these ill-fated lovers lead Paul and Adrienne down a path of tense and emotionally charged experiences that reveals a horrifying secret hidden between them.
“Chad’s film is a really good scare and great fun, and a reminder to all of us that we shouldn’t stop at shady motels in deserts,” commented IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring in a statement. “We are proud to be working with Chad at the start of what we know will be a long and successful career.”