Brothers Ethan (17) and Derek (19) try their best to navigate the pressures of teenage life while tending to their mother’s debilitating prescription drug addiction. Based on the filmmaker’s adolescence in small-town America, Stay Awake is a personal exploration of the roller coaster ride that families go on while trying to help their loved ones battle a disease that affects millions every day.
Cast: WYATT OLEFF, FIN ARGUS, CHRISSY METZ, ALBERT JONES, LORRIE ODOM, CREE CICCHINO, QUINN McCOLGAN| WRITTEN & DIRECTED by: Jamie Sisley| PRODUCED by: Shrihari Sathe and Eric Schultz| CO-PRODUCERS: Rob Cristiano, Amy Lippens, Sarah, Dorman Sveen, Alvaro R. Valente| EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Shannon Akegarasu, Heidi Castelein, Saaz Haque, Ozo Jaculewicz, Adam Kirszner, Nion McEvoy, Chrissy Metz, Barbara Perry, Hannah Pillemer, Rick Rosenthal, Nancy Stephens, Fernando Szew, Yoshinobu Tsuji. Jennifer Westin| CASTING DIRECTORS: Amy Lippens, Rebecca Birstock| DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Alejandro Mejia, AMC| PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Caity Birmingham| ORIGINAL MUSIC by: Ben Sollee| EDITED by: Alan Canant| COSTUME DESIGNER: Desira Pesta| SOUND DESIGNER: Arjun G. Sheth| MUSIC SUPERVISORS: Kyle McKeveny, Joseph Rudge
Jamie is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker for his feature documentary, Farewell Ferris Wheel.
The film won the Creative Promise Award from the Tribeca Film Institute, received an Imagen
nomination for the positive portrayal of Latinos in entertainment, and was broadcast on PBS
He also wrote and directed Stay Awake, a narrative short film that explores addiction through
the eyes of two teenage brothers. Stay Awake premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film
Festival, and won both the National Board of Review Film Prize and Slamdance Grand Jury Prize.
Born in Texas and raised in Virginia, Jamie earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of
Virginia and an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University. Stay Awake is Jamie’s first narrative
*Born in the USA (1982)