For Immediate Release: January 2013
The Michigan All-Star drama “Ashes of Eden” intends to showcase the power of Michigan-based talent. All too often films coming into Michigan look at the local talent for only extra or featured roles. Much like Michigan proud actor Jeff Daniels, several great film talents working nationally/internationally have chose to make Michigan their home. This New House Entertainment, Collective Development Inc., Ahptic Productions feature just may change how casting is done in Michigan or at least create a second look at the existing talent base.
“For a production to overlook the immense local Michigan talent pool for supporting/principal casting due to geography is just not responsible.” – DJ Perry
Director Shane Hagedorn and Producer DJ Perry did just that – showcased some of Michigan’s finest. While the film boasts a few imports, you can count them on one hand. These few outsiders also bring awareness to what Michigan can offer on both sides of the camera.
"I can proudly state that this film will be the breakout movie for our Michigan lead talent. These rising stars of tomorrow, explode on the screen with their performances in [Ashes]." -Shane Hagedorn
“Ashes of Eden” has been compared to an Urban “American Graffiti” or something in the vein of “The Outsiders”. It’s an emotionally charged coming-of-age story. The film follows the life of a freshly turned 18 year-old Red. The tortured soul is played newcomer Steven Sutherland of Garden City, Michigan. In the film, he’s the troubled son of a female police officer played by Saugatuck, Michigan’s Melissa Anschutz. It’s the story of a young man growing up without a father. It showcases the influences tugging on him from all sides as he struggles to learn what being a good man is about.
The teaser also showcases co-stars actors DJ Perry and Carlucci Weyant as wickedly complex rival drug dealers. Shane Hagedorn and Michael Joiner as competing suitors both try to help bring Dana’s son Red around. Bello Pizzimenti and Drew Wise play Red’s best friend and younger brother who both become entangled in Red’s consequences to his choices. Overall the film is a weaving of different lives interconnected by shared fears, hopes and dreams. The film illustrates how difficult life can be and how faith, love and respect can turn lives around from the brink of self-destruction. It proves that Eden can once again bloom and rise from the ashes of our mistakes and trespasses.
The film is slated to be complete in May 2013 and looks to having a Summer Michigan premiere before distributing worldwide.