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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

'Seattle Road' VOD/On Demand: All About Eve in the Garden of Good and Evil


[EDITOR'S NOTE: An post on an interview with "Seattle" writer/director/producer Ryan David is scheduled for Friday, June 24.]

The very apt overflowing symbolism, including an initial meeting literally involving a jump, in the 2015 drama "Seattle Road" sets it apart from other summer movie fare. It also reminds us that these art-house films are part of a well-balanced viewing diet that is very heavy on sequels and remakes for many of us. 

The June 24, 2016 VOD and On Demand premieres of "Road" provide a chance to take a bite out of this Gravitas Ventures tale of Adam and Eve living in an apple orchard.

Eve is an aspiring novelist from a well-off family, and aspiring painter Adam is a heartbreaker drifter escapee from a commune with petty problems who no longer wants to live like a refugee. The vigorous splash nature of his work indicates that his purely informal education includes the work of Jackson Pollock.

Rather than have our two not-so-innocents meet under a fruit tree in paradise, writer/director/producer Ryan David sets their first encounter in a less-than-idyllic laundromat where Adam is honoring the legacy of the Biblical individual who shares his name. The habitation of the apple orchard follows another chance meeting and a couple of dates.

The bases for compatibility include the shared artistic nature of these nice young kids; this desire to create also prompts the plan for rent-free living that facilitates writing the Great American novel and creating a marketable painting that expresses the creativity of Adam. One wrinkle is that Eve is dishonest with Adam regarding her late father not leaving the farm that they are occupying to her in his will.

The trouble in paradise that propels much of the film comes in the form of the aforementioned artistic temperaments causing stress. Another way of looking at this is that both people in a relationship being "crazy" can strain it. 

The novelist of the pair achieving success while the painter still struggles creates a variation on an  "All About Eve" situation that includes a touch of the betrayal in that film. Her well-intentioned  attempts to help art patrons know her partner from Adam only seem to add fuel to the fire. 

The manner in which David presents all this is aptly artistic. One reason for this is that he follows the rule of literature that he writes about what he knows.

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