I think he is… Waking Up Dead

Breaking Glass Pictures is proud to announce the North American release of award-winning writer/director Terracino’s (“Elliot Loves”) latest feature, “Waking Up Dead.” Starring Gabriel Sousa (“As We See It”, “Westworld”), Judy Geeson (“To Sir, With Love,” “Mad About You”), and Traci Lords (“Cry-Baby,” “Melrose Place,” “The Eastsiders”), “Waking Up Dead” held its World Premiere at Cinema Diverse/Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival where it took home multiple awards including Festival Favorite and Director’s Choice and went on to play Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

A very uncomfortable comedy about regret, remorse, and wishing you could live your life all over again, “Waking Up Dead” focuses on Gabriel Sousa as 35-year-old hard-partying, self-absorbed Danny Maldonado, a once-promising Hollywood actor (his claim to fame was his guest arc as a narcoleptic rapist on “SVU”) whose life and career have hit rock bottom. But when he’s called in to audition for the lead role in the hottest new pilot in Hollywood, Danny sees it as his shot at redemption. Judy Geeson, in her first major screen role in years, co-stars as Lila, the former actress turned real estate agent who senses that Danny is spinning out of control and tries to intervene. Finally, Traci Lords plays Phyllis, Danny’s caustic grade-B agent who drops by to explain to Danny just why there are so many assholes in the world.

Caio Ara plays Eddy, Danny’s long-suffering ex-boyfriend. Angelic Zambrana (“Gossip Girl,” “Precious”) appears as Danny’s sister, Sabrina, desperate to get Danny to reconnect with their dying mother before it’s too late. Patricia McKenzie (“Cosmopolis”) plays Raven, a former nightlife party girl turned Instagram self-help guru.

Rounding out the cast is fashion model Nelson Arrieta, Jr. making his feature film debut as Antonio, Danny’s best friend, while newcomers Antonio Ardolino and Bryce Morton appear as Anthony, a former conquest whom Danny can’t quite remember, and Carlos, an internet hookup whom Danny thoughtlessly tosses out the door before he can even put his clothes back on.

Sousa is repped by Firestarter Entertainment and Alan Siegel Entertainment. Zambrana is with Vanguard Management and Buchwald. Geeson and Lords are both repped by Chris Roe at Chris Roe Management. Arrieta, Jr. is with HRI Talent and Luber Roklin.

“Waking Up Dead” is written and directed by Terracino, whose prior feature “Elliot Loves” played Outfest and over 75 other festivals worldwide and was picked by HBO and HBO Latino for exclusive cable and streaming. His short, “My Polish Waiter,” played Sundance and New Directors/New Films.

Jupiter J. MakinsPatricia MckenzieJoe BohnEmmi GrullonRich Wolff and Terracino produce. Wolff’s company, Breaking Glass Pictures, will be distributing. The film was cast by Barden/Schnee (“The Help,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Dallas Buyers Club”).

“We are thrilled to have Terracino’s latest film as part of the Breaking Glass library’” said Wolff. “Shooting a film during the height of COVID was certainly a challenge, and “Waking Up Dead” is a testament his skill as a director.”

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