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Directed byBob Degus
Written byMichele McGuire
Produced byJon Silberg
Bob Degus
Michele McGuire
StarringGabrielle Anwar
Henry Ian Cusick
Dave Baez
CinematographyNathan Wilson
Edited byLogan Breit
Music byBrian Ralston
Release date
  • February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24) (Sedona)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States

9/Tenths is a 2006 film (re-edited in 2020 under a proposal to release it as Awaken) directed by Bob Degus and starring Gabrielle Anwar, Henry Ian Cusick and Dave Baez. The plot concerns the conflict between a wealthy couple and a poor laborer after a worldwide terrorist attack isolates them in a small remote ranch. 9/Tenths was filmed outside of Los Angeles, CA in Canyon Country. Its world premiere was at the 2006 Sedona International Film Festival on February 24, 2006.[1][2]


The film takes place sometime in the not too distant future where terrorist attacks are on the rise and cities are the primary targets. Jessica (Gabrielle Anwar) and husband William (Henry Ian Cusick) have fled the city amid the increasing terrorist threats. William is excited to relocate to his newly purchased ranch hundreds of miles from nowhere. Jessica reluctantly humors her husband and his paranoid fears by going along.

On their arrival, William and Jessica discover someone already living in their house. Elias (Dave Baez) proves quite an intimidating presence when the couple discovers him in their kitchen butchering a freshly killed animal. But Elias soon explains in his broken English that he was the caretaker for the previous owner who had promised to let him continue living there as a reward for his services.

William knows of no such arrangement and quickly attempts to get rid of this man he sees as nothing more than a trespasser. Elias sees the couple the same way and develops his own ideas about sending them back to the city. Meanwhile, it quickly becomes obvious that William is of little use in this rustic environment that Elias calls home. Even a simple task like fixing a broken water heater is beyond William's range of expertise. "I pay people to do these things for me," he blurts out. Obviously successful in the professional world, William is at a loss in his newfound sanctuary. William's frustration festers as he observes Elias's adroitness with such tasks.

Just as the property dispute escalates to a dangerous level, the three hear parts of an emergency radio broadcast indicating that an extremely large terrorist attack has caused widespread, catastrophic destruction in the world around them.

The three are cut off from everything, completely in the dark as to whether anybody at all, is left alive in the area, the country or even the world. Civilization as they have to know it may have ended.

This alters the dynamic between the pampered city couple that are totally invested in what is known as civilization, and the self-sufficient Elias. As time goes by and the couple's supplies diminish, Elias, formerly a second-class citizen at best, finds himself in a position of power since he is the only one with the skills needed to survive.

This change in events brings forward Elias' attraction to Jessica which is intertwined with the desperate circumstances, leading all three down a frightening and depraved path none would have ever expected.


The music score for the film was composed by Brian Ralston. The score features 3 solo instruments (solo viola, solo female soprano and solo flamenco guitar) that are symbolic of the three main characters in the film over an orchestral foundation.

Second edit as Awaken[edit]

After its debut at the Sedona festival, the film did not achieve a general release.[3]

Cusick announced in 2020 that the film was being re-edited for release as Awaken.[4]


  1. ^ "9/TENTHS World Premiere at Sedona Film Festival 2006". brianralston.com. January 25, 2006. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Hennon, Blake (January 29, 2006). "Jazz, cool Beats and fresh flicks". LA Times. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Gabrielle Anwar (October 17, 2020). "The Painting No One Got To See". Awaken Film. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  4. ^ "9/Tenths to get a re-release as 'Awaken'". Henry Ian Cusick. September 12, 2020. Retrieved March 29, 2023.

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