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Awakened is a 2013 drama/thriller film by Joycelyn Engle and Arno Malarone. The film stars Award-winning actress Julianne Michelle (Family Prayers, The House is Burning) as Samantha, who returns to her hometown believing that her father murdered her mother years ago. In her exhausting search for the truth about her young mother's untimely death 14 years earlier, Samantha receives help from beyond the grave.[1]

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theatrical release poster
Directed byJoycelyn Engle
Arno Malarone
Produced byJulianne Michelle
Joycelyn Engle
Written byJoycelyn Engle
Christopher M. Capwell
Story byJoycelyn Engle
StarringJulianne Michelle
Steven Bauer
John Savage
Stelio Savante
Bryan Dechart
Sally Kirkland
Edward Furlong
Music byKenneth Lampl
Darren Tate
Edited byRod Weber
Distributed byITN Distribution
Supernova Media
Release date
  • October 18, 2013 (2013-10-18) (LA Femme International Fil Festival)
  • March 21, 2014 (2014-03-21) (USA)
  • October 15, 2014 (2014-10-15) (Philippines)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.1 million


Samantha Winston (Julianne Michelle), a 22-year-old woman, returns to her home town after 14 years in search of answers to her mother's untimely death. She is convinced that her father, Jack Winston (John Savage), murdered her mother (Kiva Dawson). In a quest for vengeance, Samantha uncovers an evil and devastating truth.

Samantha tried to escape tragedy much of her life. After her young mother's sudden passing, when Samantha was only 8 yrs old, she went to live with her aunt in Minnesota. Within one year her world was shattered again when her aunt was killed in a car crash. Young Samantha was then sent to live with abusive foster families, and finally she ran off to live on her own at age 16.

Returning to her childhood home as a young adult conjures up loving memories of her life as a child. However, harsh reminders of her father's drunken rampages and the sudden death of her 32-year-old mother dominate her thoughts. She is convinced that her father, 20 years her mother's senior, a jealous and verbally abusive alcoholic, committed this unthinkable crime.

In the exhaustive search for evidence Samantha seeks answers from Lucas Drake (Steven Bauer), her mother's best friend and a successful funeral director and mortuary owner, and her Uncle Thomas (Edward Furlong), among others. As the deep dark secrets of evil plots and schemes in this town unfold, the mystery thickens.[2]





Award / Film festival Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
168 Film Festival, US (2013) Best Film (Best Narrated Feature) Joycelyn Engle Won [3]
LA Femme Film Festival (2013) Best Feature Producer Joycelyn Engle and Julianne Michelle Won [4]
LA Femme International Film Festival (2013) LA Femme Filmmaker Award Joycelyn Engle Won [5]
NYC Independent Film Festival (2013) Best Feature Narrative Joycelyn Engle Won [6]
NYC Independent Film Festival (2013) Best Actress Julianne Michelle Won [7]


  1. ^ "Awakened (2013) - (Plot Summary) - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Awakened (2013/2014) - Movie - Supernova Media, Inc". Supernova Media, Inc. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. ^ "168 Film Festival, US - Awards for 2013". IMDb. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  4. ^ "LA Femme Film Festival (2013)". IMDb. Archived from the original on 5 April 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ "LA Femme International Film Festival (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  6. ^ "NYC Independent Film Festival (2013)". Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  7. ^ "NYC Independent Film Festival (2013)". Retrieved 4 July 2015.

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