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Supernatural Thriller “Awakened” Premieres in New York

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Even on the weekend, the city never sleeps, and this past Friday, film and TV stars came out for the NYC premiere of the critically acclaimed award-winning indie film, “Awakened,” at the Quad Cinema.

The film’s star, Julianne Michelle, red carpet ready in a metallic Andres Aquino gown and Luperla pearls, welcomed an eclectic group of media elite including Erin Gerasimovich of “Prisoners,”  of “Orange is the New Black,” Tom Murro of “Fox Morning Extra,” Miss NYC Kira Kazantsev, MTV celebrity chef Chris Nirschel, Tony Lo Bianco, Tina Louise, Rita Cosby, Nick Raynes, jazz singer Cole Rumbough, and NY Daily News Dreams columnist Lauren Lawrence. They joined director, producer, and writer Joycelyn Engle and executive producers Brian Mehling and Joseph Di Palma to celebrate the NYC release, followed by post-screening fetes at Beaumarchais and No. 8.

Deemed by go-to site Rotten Tomatoes as a “first class mystery thriller” with a “superb” performance by leading lady Julianne Michelle, “Awakened” is a psychological and supernatural drama that follows Michelle’s character, Samantha Winston, who returns to her home town after 14 years in search of answers to her mother’s untimely death. She is convinced that her father,  (“The Deer Hunter’s John Savage), murdered her mother. In a quest for vengeance, Samantha uncovers an evil and devastating truth with guidance from beyond the grave. Having digested the unexpected twists and turns, this Insider has concluded that the film is ultimately about female empowerment – although not surprising in retrospect, given that the film was helmed by two inspiring, very successful women.

Among the other film’s stars that will be familiar to most any moviegoer: Edward Furlong, “Scarface’s” Steven Bauer, Sally Kirkland, and Sean Stone. The movie is currently playing at the Quad Cinema through the 28th, and will play the 28th of March through April 3rd at the Laemmie Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills. A splashy premiere at the Palms in Las Vegas is also scheduled for April 7th.

The film was shot over 22 days entirely on location in Southampton, and no doubt a majority of AVENUE readers will have fun spotting the haven’s familiar landmarks and thoroughfares – albeit in a slightly more sinister context.


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