TORONTO, June 7, 2016 /CNW/ -- "You gotta fight for you at any cost." "You are a maniac, and I love that." These statements, equal parts affirmation and admonition, are addressed to the title character in Erasing Eden, the new feature from Beth Dewey, which will have its premiere June 15 at the 14th Annual Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF). 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, facing 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, in phone messages she has left herself; the recordings underscore Eden's struggle and, ultimately, the devastating power she wields over her own life.
"It is an honor and, more importantly, a stroke of destiny, that Erasing Eden has been chosen to premiere at FeFF, an organization committed to the notion that honesty is not always pretty," said Dewey, a three-time Emmy Award nominee whose short films and two indie features speak to the female experience, and who will appear at FeFF's Filmmaker Panel Discussion Thursday, June 16th. "I strive to modernize how women are depicted in film - by extreme measures. Our current environment brings about a palpable shift in power for women. Gender roles are evolving especially within classic male/female relationships. Eden demonstrates that the modern woman no longer needs a hero or villain in her life. She is 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 Mak-Up by Molly Tissavary, known for her work on Transparent and The Hateful Eight. These artists paint a stark, gut-wrenching picture of self-determination that, Diaz said, speaks to Dewey's mandate to shatter boundaries and perceptions: "Eden may suffer the brunt of the brutality in the film, but each of the characters struggles with the roles they play in polite society vs. the human animals they are in reality."
After attending the University of Colorado, Boulder and SFU, the Alaskan-born Dewey continued her cinematic education working for Roger Corman. As a picture editor, Dewey went on to earn three primetime Emmy nominations for her work on the Oscars. Tweeked, her first feature as writer/director, won Best Actress at the Brussels Independent Film Festival and was nominated for a Prism award. Widening her expertise, Dewey directed the web series Shadowlands (horror) and Living the Dream (comedy).
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