The Cinequest Film Festival kicks off its 19th year Wednesday with the world premiere of “Wake,” a dark comedy involving a young woman with a very noticeable quirk: She loves to go to the funerals of complete strangers. But at one of those funerals, Carys Reitman (played by Bijou Phillips of “Choke”) meets a man mourning his fiance (Ian Somerhalder, best known for his work on “Lost”), and she finds herself connecting with someone for the first time. It all leads to a reassessment of her own life views and how she relates to other.
The film, which co-stars Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show”) and Jane Seymour (“Wedding Crashers”), was directed by Ellie Kanner, who started out as a television casting director (“Sex and the City” among other series) and worked her way up to directing episodes of such shows as “Wildfire” and “Greek.”
Tickets to the premiere (7 p.m. Wednesday at the California Theatre) are $12, but for $40, you not only get the film but also a post-party with the filmmakers at Billy Berk’s and Mezcal at San Fernando and First streets. For more information, go to www.cinequest.org.