Ashes of Eden DVD
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Ashes of Eden Movie: a gritty tale of redemption with a price.
Ashes of Eden is a gritty new drama from LightWorx Entertainment that tells the story of 18 year-old Red. Red has made some bad choices, and he knows he's made a lot of mistakes in his short life. Although he has already done his time, it seems he will never be done paying the consequences for his actions. He finds that having a bad reputation along with an inexplicable ability to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time is a bad mix and he can never seem to escape the broken world he finds himself in.
Although he is trying to do the right thing, he ends up back in the drug world selling stolen drugs to help his police officer mother make ends meet every month. When lives are lost and relationships are destroyed, Red begins to question his faith. Finding himself at the center of the struggle and unable to escape his dark path, can Red ever find redemption from his past? Although it may be possible, he quickly finds that redemption comes with a serious price. Ashes of Eden is a cautionary thriller with an important message.
We were able to talk to Shane Hagedorn, director of Ashes of Eden and get his thoughts on being a filmmaker and this particular project, Ashes of Eden. Shane has acted in several movies, including this film and the recently released 40 Nights movie. Below is the complete interview:
Can you give us a summary of Ashes of Eden? What is this film about and what do you want to communicate to your audience?
The troubled son of a police officer steals from a ruthless drug dealer to save his mother from financial ruin. His descent into the brutal drug world to raise the cash, he is hunted by the dealer, the police, and his own addictions.
ASHES OF EDEN is a gritty tale of addiction, betrayal, love, and redemption. This film is also about choices but above all, second chances.
Tell us a little about the journey to making Ashes of Eden. What led you to make a crime drama?
We shot 'Ashes' in 2012, but I was writing and developing it for several years. Finall, when we premiered it in 2014 at a film festival, we had a record sell out crowd of over 600 people. I've always been interested in crime dramas, myself being in the security profession for over 20 years and have close ties to friends and people that are Law Enforcement Officers or LEOS. Around 2010, I met DJ Perry, a producer and actor that has worked on dozens and dozens of projects and happened to live in my city. We began a friendship and collaboration that has been rich and fun working together. He helped me produce AOE.
You've partnered with a few TV channels to broadcast Ashes of Eden in the coming months. That's amazing! How do you feel knowing that this film will be seen by the masses?
That is ultimately what you want when you make a movie. Or, we can do Shakespeare in my basement that no one will see. I feel really blessed to have been picked up by LightWorx Entertainment and will be playing on The Parables Network April 1, 2016 on the eve of our DVD release date of April 5, 2016. We had a limited theatrical run in Michigan and I've seen first hand the effect this film has had on an audience. The feedback was so positive and people really loved the story and related to the characters.
Do you have any current plans for future films? What are you working on now?
40 NIGHTS is having a limited theatrical run right now and will release worldwide on DVD in March just before Easter. I will be acting and helping produce the follow up film in the QUEST TRILOGY, CHASING THE STAR. Filming in Arizona with some of the talent that made 40 Nights. We are also developing a western to shoot Fall 2016 in Michigan.
It must be satisfying to bring a project like this to completion. What would you say to encourage someone who is launching a new project or creating a film of their own?
It is hard but rewarding work. Choose your projects carefully. Choose your team wisely. Give everything you have and always be learning from those around you. Pray for wisdom and discernment. Don't go into this business for money or fame, because it will leave you unsatisfied. Keep creating and continue to grow as an artist. Challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. Be thankful for where you are now, not where you hope to be tomorrow. Hard work does pay off.
Thanks so much for your time, Curtis!
Ashes of Eden has been described as an "Urban American Graffiti" film that is a tale of consequences, choices, redemption, and ultimately faith. This is a fascinating tale about Red and his difficult experiences in the crime world. While Red has the desire for redemption, he struggles to understand how that works and how to break free. Ultimately, Red wants to do the right thing. He wants his mom to be happy and he wants to be able to provide for her. Unfortunately, the only methods he is able to find to help keep her afloat are illegal. Red wants to do the right thing, and through Ashes of Eden, he will learn that redemption is possible. But it comes at a very high price.
Ashes of Eden originally had a small theatrical release in Michigan, and now the film is being made available for anyone to see on DVD. If you love a good thriller, or are interested in learning more about the character of Red, we highly recommend you check out Ashes of Eden. This is a thrilling new drama that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end!