by small angst films
A film about finding the path that sets you free, the
delicately nuanced AMERICAN WAKE tells the parallel stories
of a fireman and a musician, both discovering the difference
between what’s expected of them and the men they really
Jack (Billy Smith) has fulfilled the dream of his late father,
a Boston cop, by becoming a distinguished firefighter and
a hero. But now, in the aftermath of a blaze that claimed
his closest friend, he is struggling to make sense of his
life. And of his feelings for a beautiful young woman on
a journey of her own.
Niall (Sam Amidon) is a gifted fiddle player who is offered
the chance of a lifetime: he can have everything his father
ever wanted for him, if only he gives up everything he wants
An “American wake” was a party, held on the
eve of an Irish immigrant’s journey across the sea.
Joyous and yet infused with the grief of parting, it marked
the moment when one said goodbye to an old way of life,
in order to say hello to the new.