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Falling Awake (originally titled Shine On) is a 2009 musical drama film directed by Agustín, who co-wrote it with Michael Baez and Doug Klozzner. Andrew Cisneros stars as a Latino musician in New York City who attempts to overcome the problems if his poor neighborhood. It premiered at the New York International Latino Film Festival and was released in the US on January 29, 2010.

Falling Awake
Directed byAgustín
Produced byAndrew Adelson
Written by
  • Agustín
  • Michael Baez
  • Doug Klozzner
Music by
  • Kevin A. Stuart
  • Andrew Cisneros
CinematographyMark Schwartzbard
Edited byMichael Spence
  • MegaFilms
  • CinemaLab
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • July 24, 2009 (2009-07-24) (NYILFF)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,978 (US)[1]


Jay, a young Latino musician, attempts to rise above the poverty and violence in his Bronx neighborhood.



Falling Awake premiered at the New York International Latino Film Festival on July 24, 2009.[2] IFC Films released it in the US on January 29, 2010, and it grossed $1,978.[1]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 25% of eight surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 3.7/10.[3] Metacritic rated it 24/100 based on four reviews.[4] John Anderson of Variety wrote that it "recycles every imaginable trope".[5] Mike Hale of The New York Times wrote that it balances "appealing performances" against the cliches of ethnic coming-of-age films.[6] Ben Walters of The Guardian wrote although the story and characters are cliched, the "performances are engaging, particularly Cisneros".[7]


  1. ^ a b "Falling Awake". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  2. ^ Vega, Maria (2008-07-16). "Urban grit and Latin song at NYLFF". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  3. ^ "Falling Awake (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  4. ^ "Falling Awake". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  5. ^ Anderson, John (2010-01-31). "Review: 'Falling Awake'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  6. ^ Hale, Mike (2010-02-04). "A Latino Bronx Tale". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  7. ^ Walters, Ben (2009-06-10). "New York narratives take starring role at Brooklyn film festival". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-09-26.

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