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In Awake, a dramatic short film set in Montauk and suburban New Jersey, Kerson co-stars as Lawrence Watkins, a giant in private equity who is now losing his mind and dying rapidly because of the rare genetic condition fatal familial insomnia. A sperm donor thirty years earlier, when the son he had no idea existed suddenly appears at his doorstep, a tragic confrontation becomes inevitable.

Awake was produced, written and directed by Mark Finguerra and also stars Donovan Patton with Karen Giordano and Cristina Doikos in supporting roles.