Big Eden is a movie that was probably a few years ahead of its time. It’s a gay-themed film made in a mainstream style that’s sweet and charming, which you could imagine finding a measure of mainstream success. However, in 2000 it was perhaps a little early for that.
It did find plenty of love from those who saw it though, which has ensured that it’s now getting a 15th Anniversary re-release.
The film is about Henry Hart (Arye Gross), a man who left his small, Montana hometown – the titular Big Eden – after high school and rarely looked back, becoming a successful artist in New York. However, he is called back to Big Eden after his grandfather (George Coe), has a stroke. Henry is happy being openly gay in the big city, but he’s never told the folks back home about that side of his life, and isn’t sure whether he can. [Read more…]