AWAKENING, a branding piece for Chicago-based company, Hesperidian Productions, is a modern retelling of the ancient myth of the garden of Hesperides. Kyle Thomas provided the creative and film direction for the company's launch.
AWAKENING was awarded the Excellence in Filmmaking award from the 2012 Canada International Film Festival. AWAKENING has been seen online all over the world and has been screened several times in Chicago, Madison, and in Los Angeles.
Photos of AWAKENING can be viewed HERE.
Synopsis: In an ancient myth, a beautiful garden at the edge of the world existed, bearing a single magical tree. This tree, guarded by a hundred-headed dragon and three magical nymphs known as the Hesperides, produced divine golden apples of immortality.
AWAKENING opens on a world where a totalitarian government backed by religious extremists have suppressed individuality in all its forms. In an effort to protect artistic treasures of the past, renegades moved swiftly to salvage artistic works before they could be destroyed. As time passed under the new regime, a fresh generation has reached maturity never experiencing their own cultural heritage.
A raider, a scavenger from this post-apocalyptic time, breaks into an old warehouse to steal whatever can be found. Inside, he finds nothing that looks familiar. He finds a surreal world, hidden beneath sheets. As he accidentally awakens the magic of the past, he finds himself face-to-face with a world he can neither anticipate nor control.
Divine inspiration can manifest within even the darkest of places.
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