Run Time: 107 min Release Date: Feb 26, 2013 Year Produced: 2000 Rating: PG-13 Language: English/Closed Captions Directed by: Thomas Bezucha Starring: Eric Schweig, Louise Fletcher, Ayre Gross, Tim DeKay
This film appeals to: Gay audiences



Sometimes when you finally let go, you find something worth holding on to. From out gay writer-director Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone) comes this funny, heart-warming romantic drama that picked up audience awards at nearly a dozen gay film festivals and charmed critics nationwide!

Big Eden tells a truly original tale of a thirty-something gay guy, Henry Hart (Arye Gross, Ellen, Six Feet Under) who returns to his childhood Montana home to confront his unrequited passion for his high school best friend.

Big Eden is a tiny town tucked away in the timberland of northwestern Montana, where cowboys lounge on the porch of the general store to pass the time away. It’s also the childhood home of Henry Hart (Arye Gross), a successful but lonely New York artist, who returns after years away to care for his ailing grandfather.

Back home, Henry confronts his unrequited passion for his high school best friend Dean (TimDeKay) and his feelings about being gay in a small town. But, as we quickly learn, Big Eden residents defy the stereotype of “small town, small minds.” As Henry works though his emotions, the townspeople quietly conspire to help him along, until Henry realizes new possibilities for both friendship and romance.

Big Eden is a uniquely American fable about home and family. It hits upon the universal longing and hope we each have for finding a place where we are loved, and the unconditional desire to see those that we love find happiness.

Favorite stars you’ll enjoy seeing include: Arye Gross (Ellen, Citizen Baines), Tim DeKay (White Collar), Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Eric Schweig (Skins).

Awards & Press Quotes

Audience Award BEST FEATURE at LGBT film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, Aspen; BEST FILM at Cleveland International Film Festival; Jury Prize for BEST FEATURE at Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival; Jury Prize for Eric Schweig, BEST ACTOR at Outfest: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival!

Critical Acclaim:

“A lot of sweetness and warmth!” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

“The best date movie around!” – Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner

“[A] benevolent vision of what it may someday be like to be different in America.” – Dave Kehr, New York Times

“One of the most romantic movies ever made!” – Jan Wahl, KRON-TV

“Stellar cast…Genuinely heartwarming!”-Doug Brantley, OUT Magazine

“Irresistible…Terrific performances!”-Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times