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BAFF is proud to announce and support the theatrical release of our award winning alumni film "The Living Wake" starring Mike O' Connell and BAFF NY Emerging Talent Award Recipient Jesse Eisenberg(Holy Rollers, Adventureland, Zombieland, Squid and the Whale). Jesse Eisenberg will host the Saturday, May 15 screening at Cinema Village in NYC. BAFF will be on the hand to support the opening weekend!

May 14, 2010


Big Apple Film Festival is proud to announce award winning alumni film "The Living Wake" is now out in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The film stars Mike O' Connell and Big Apple Film Festival NY Emerging Talent Award Recipient Jesse Eisenberg(Holy Rollers, Adventureland, Zombieland, Squid and the Whale) and is directed by Sol Tryon.

Eisenberg will also be hosting the Saturday, May 15 screening at Cinema Village in New York City. Filmmakers, cast and crew, as well as BAFF will also be on hand for the opening weekend.

The film has opened to excellent reviews, including 4 stars from Time Out New York.


The Living Wake" is a dark comedy set in a timeless storybook universe. Self-proclaimed artist and genius, K. Roth Binew, has one day to live. He has enlisted his best and only friend, Mills Joquin, to take him around on a bicycle powered rickshaw. In a final attempt to probe life's deepest mysteries, Binew endures one ridiculous trial after the next. He concludes his day with a final performance, his living wake. On a makeshift stage in an open field, Binew's friends and enemies gather to witness his madness one final time.


."one of the funniest, most creative and beyond ridiculous (in a good way) films I've ever seen.a refreshing blast.Funny, touching, insane, ridiculous and brilliant are just a few words I would use to describe "The Living Wake." Films like this need to be seen so seek it out, you'll be glad you did."
-Film Threat by Don R. Lewis

"Set inside the daft world of its eccentric hero, "The Living Wake" could be termed anything from a black comedy to an absurdist/existentialist literary tale. In the end, however, pic defies all categorization, joining a small pantheon of pics including "Withnail & I" and Peter Greenaway's "Drowning by Numbers" that whistle past the graveyard with aplomb. Marking a stunning feature debut by lead actor and co-writer Mike O'Connell, pic is certain to set tongues wagging at fests and looks primed to do well in theatrical niches and tony ancillary havens."
-Variety by Robert Koehler

"If the members of Monty Python scripted an adaptation of Don Quixote and Guy Maddin directed it, it might look something like first-time director Sol Tryon's willfully absurd tragicomedy.played with euphoric abandon by stand-up comic Mike O'Connell."
-LA Weekly by Scott Foundas

"Starring comic Mike O'Connell in.a star-making role.near-Shakespearean levels of woe.The culmination of his "living wake" is one of the great comedic set pieces of the last decade, a sublimely artdirected and choreographed dirge gone wrong. If it's not bought by the end of the year, I'm taking out a loan of my own."
-The Reeler by S.T. VanAirsdale

"The kind of movie "Saturday Night Live" regulars have been trying unsuccessfully to make for years now, this absurdist character-driven comedy is a guaranteed future cult classic."
-Metromix by Geoff Berkshire

"Fans of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces and the novels of John Irving (particularly The World According to Garp) will find a kindred mindset in director Sol Tryon's exceptionally quirky The Living Wake.. any friend of independent comedy should revel in the absurdities springing forth from the mind of cowriter-star Mike O'Connell,.It's the kind of go for broke performance Jim Carrey might have given early in his career, but with more intellect and less mugging. O'Connell's work could carry this film through its winding path of final-day truth-seeking. But thanks to some nice details in a town that has slipped out of place and time, it doesn't have to. One of these is the perfectly cast Jesse Eisenberg.The Living Wake is the kind of whimsical material from which cult classics are built.
-All Movie Guide by Derek Armstrong

Personal choice for Best Leading Actor of 2007: Mike O'Connell, The Living Wake. Unless you attended the 2007 CineVegas or AFI Film Festivals, you didn't have a chance to see one of the best performances of the decade. K. Roth Binew is one of the best fictional characters created since Ignatius J. Reilly, and would make O'Connell one of Hollywood's busiest character actors if any distributor took a chance on this beautifully twisted comedy. by Edward Havens

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