IMS Wins the Audience Award
In My Sleep won the Audience Award at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. The screening went extremely well. The audience laughed, screamed and jumped several times. Even our lead actor, Philip, jumped in his seat next to me.
Afterward, the audience asked questions about the movie. When I said this was my first movie, the crowd gasped, which was a good sign.
Several audience members told us that In My Sleep was the best movie of the festival, others told us it was the best movie they had seen all year. One woman told me it was the best movie she had ever seen.
People lined up to talk to Philip and me afterward, but mostly for Philip. I stood close to his line so I could at least pretend some of those people were interested in talking with me. The older women were particularly taken by Philip. One woman, in her 80's, leaned over to me in her thick glasses and proclaimed "now, normally, Burt Reynolds is my type. But him (pointing to Philip) with that blond hair and those eyes. He's so cute!"
Friends of Csaba, our production manager, made it to the screening and emailed their thoughts to him, which he forwarded to me: "A great thriller. Very original story full of twists and surprises. I do not think I have seen as good of a movie in that style since Memento."
It's quite a compliment to be compared to Memento. The festival was incredibly accommodating and the audience showed their appreciation with the Audience Award. A local reviewer wrote "As Hitchcock knew, casting is all important, and Wolf has done it well, from the sexy male lead to supporting players."
- "Hitchcockian. Savvy Entertainment. Well Made Thriller!" - The Hollywood Reporter
- "Will appeal to twentysomething audiences and movie-buff viewers who appreciate the pursued-pursuer, Hitchcockian style of suspenser."- The Hollywood Reporter
- "Savvy entertainment." - The Hollywood Reporter
- "Filmmaker Allen Wolf torques this high-concept premise to darkest dimension."- The Hollywood Reporter
- "Lacey Chabert is winning as Marcus' adoring neighbor."- The Hollywood Reporter
- "Narratively, "In My Sleep" never rests, a credit to the tight, psychologically astute pacing.."- The Hollywood Reporter