Wake Up, 2014 

An On the Real Film Original

by Erin Babbin and Michael Sullivan


Wake Up is a short, first-person documentary in which filmmaker Erin Babbin explores her role in three generations of women artists. It is an intense and deeply personal film that utilizes archival photographs and films created by her grandmother and mother, and responds to conversations left unspoken. Wake Up delves into the relationships of the women in Erin’s family while examining the harsh realities of the cycles of addiction and depression. The film sheds light on the universal subject of the artist and addiction, including the tragedies that too often accompany them, with room for redemption through artistic practice.


Wake Up was chosen as a winning finalist in The Fusion Doc Challenge and winner of the award for Best Use Of 1st Person Genre. The film had its world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival in January 2015, screened at The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February 2015, The San Francisco Doc Fest in June 2015, Docuwest International Film Festival in September 2015, Toronto Indie Doc Fest in October 2015, and Hammerbrook Film Fest in Hamburg, Germany, in December 2015.

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