Coming to Theaters Near You
Colin Harper Plank ’93 has found a way to combine his love of film with a passion for social justice. The history major, whose The Human Beeing won Best Short at the 2002 New York City Horror Film Festival, founded Centripetal Films to produce original and compelling films, and his newest feature, Eden, will be released in theaters and Video on Demand on April 20, 2013.
Based on a true story, Eden is about a young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, who joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive.
While Colin loved the script from the first draft, “the story was too big in scope and size to be made independently and would have to be made smaller in scale, but no less powerful.” After spending a month trying to rewrite it himself, he “came to the realization that my greatest contribution was changing the title to Eden.” He brought aboard Megan Griffiths, first as co-writer and eventually as director.
With Megan’s help, the film came into focus. Colin knew that “if we could make this dramatic narrative we could give voice and create awareness for a problem that plagues society in the United States and the rest of the world.” To further that goal, the film has partnered with the anti-violence non-profit Vday.org to raise awareness about the problem of human trafficking in the US.
Starring Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary and Beau Bridges, it’s no surprise that Eden has amassed awards including Best Actress at the Seattle International Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature, Female Director and Best Actress at the SXSW Film Festival; and Best Film at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.