If you walked by 6th and Bell on Wednesday and wondered why so many people were sitting around the parking lot in folding chairs, it’s because Megan Griffiths’s new film Eden set up base camp there for the day. The Seattle filmmaker (The Off Hours) said in an email that they shot scenes for her upcoming feature— based on the true story of a human trafficking survivor—at the See Sound Lounge and Action Appliance, both near the intersection of 3rd and Blanchard. It was their only downtown shoot scheduled; they’ve also been spotted in White Center and will be "out and about in surrounding communities and cities" in the coming weeks.
Keep an eye out for actress Jamie Chung (The Hangover II, Sucker Punch), who’s been cast as the lead, Hyun Jae. (Full plot synopsis below, courtesy Facebook’s Eden page. )
In 1994 a Korean-American teenager, Hyun Jae, went to a bar in New Mexico where a handsome young man posing as a firefighter bought her drinks and offered her a ride home. At that point she was abducted, thrown into the trunk of a car and smuggled into Las Vegas, where she was imprisoned in a storage facility-turned-brothel for two years. During her captivity, Hyun Jae (dubbed Eden by her captors) ensured her own survival by steadily carving out power and influence within the very organization that imprisoned her. Inspired by the complex and harrowing true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim, Eden peers into the darkest corners of America and attempts to discover the humanity within.