Erasing Eden, the third feature from Beth Dewey, will screen in competition at the 14th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival. Nominated for the Tallgrass Stubbornly Independent Award, the film premiered at the 14th Annual Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF), to rave reviews. Toronto Film Scene’s Andrew Parker called it, “a unique and emotional character drama that doesn’t pull any punches…dark and unforgiving.” Erasing Eden screened before a packed house at September’s Downtown LA Film Festival, and is an official selection at the upcoming LA Femme International Film Festival.
Breeda Wool (UnREAL, The Betas) stars as Eden, a young woman who plunges her life into chaos by drinking herself into a blackout the night before her wedding. When day breaks, she’s far from home and must face the ultimate soul-searching. In the course of one of the most harrowing wedding days in cinematic history, Eden does not speak – yet her voice is heard using a creative storytelling device.
“This film couldn’t be more stubbornly independent – it’s self-funded and willed into being through sheer refusal to take no for an answer,” Dewey said. “Eden creates a crisis to force a life change, a journey realized brilliantly by Breeda Wool.”
A three-time Emmy Award nominee as editor of the Oscars telecast, Dewey’s acclaimed short films, web series and indie features speak to the dichotomy of the human experience. Eden turns “damsel in distress” tropes on their ear. “Gender roles are evolving especially within classic male/female relationships,” Dewey observed. “Eden demonstrates that the modern woman no longer needs a hero or villain in her life. She can be both.”
In addition to Wool, whose breakout role on Lifetime’s UnREAL led to the successful spinoff The Faith Diaries, the film stars Ben Rovner (Area 51), Suanne Spoke (Whiplash) and David Carrera (The Fosters). Dewey wrote the film, with a Screen Story by Justo Diaz (the two are now at work on the action movie Pimp Girl). Tina Pavlides produced and Yasu Tanida (NBC’s State of Affairs & The Blacklist) served as Director of Photography, with Make-Up by Molly Tissavary, known for her work on Transparent and The Hateful Eight.
Erasing Eden screens Saturday, October 15th, Noon.