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Phase 4 Films to Release SXSW Sex Slave Drama 'Eden' in Early 2013

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire August 29, 2012 at 12:7PM

Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to director Megan Griffiths’ drama “Eden,” which had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The specialty distributor has scheduled a release in theaters for early 2013.
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Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to director Megan Griffiths’ drama “Eden,” which had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The specialty distributor has scheduled a release in theaters for early 2013.

Based on the true story of Chong Kim, “Eden” follows a Korean-American teenager who is abducted from a New Mexico bar in 1994 and turned into a sex slave in Las Vegas for two years before finally escaping. Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges and Matt O'Leary star. The film, which was written by Griffiths (“The Off Hours”) and Richard B. Phillips Jr., won the audience award for best narrative feature at SXSW as well as the Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award for Griffiths.

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Colin Harper Plank and Jacob Mosler produced the project through Plank’s Centripetal Films.

“Megan Griffiths has created a superbly poignant and edgy film that is sure to move audiences,” said Phase 4 president and CEO Berry Meyerowitz. “We are thrilled to come on board with a project that has such a powerful story and exceptional performances.”

Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

Phase 4 Films has recently released the films “Hick” and “Another Happy Day.” Forthcoming releases include “Electrick Children,” “Bindlestiffs” and “That’s What She Said.”

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