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By Film Threat Staff | July 18, 2002

Palm Pictures has just acquired the worldwide rights to Eugene Martin’s (Diary of a City Priest) film “Edge City”, starring Charlie Hofheimer (Black Hawk Down), Heather Gottlieb (“Arresting Gena”), Isidra Vega (Hurricane Streets), and Mark Webber (Storytelling, “Snow Day”).

“Edge City” gives a sneakily voyeuristic view of the everyday extracurricular exploits of kids from both sides of the Philadelphia tracks. Whether they live in row houses or mansions, these are the 90’s version of the kids next door – drug use, sex, alcohol, loud music and reckless driving fill their days and nights. The only thing missing is a sense of responsibility – a value learned the hard way. Driven by a rhythmic soundtrack fused with hip-hop, rap and dance music, “Edge City” slams you into a visceral reaction that will awaken your conscience. Fascinating and horrific in its realism, this is an ultra-gritty slice of modern teenage life, and Martin’s cinematic language is as authentic and affecting as his characters.

“From the start, the entire journey of making “Edge City” has been the most incredible experience of my life,” said director/writer Eugene Martin. “I was privileged to work with an exceptionally talented group of young actors, and a supportive crew who worked closely with me through an emotionally intense production. To now have the film released by Palm Pictures is the culmination of the challenging and gratifying process of independent filmmaking. David Koh and the team at Palm Pictures have a powerful and clear vision for the kind of work they want to release, and I feel very fortunate that they have chosen to combine their vision with my film, which I believe has something important to say to audiences,” Martin added.

“Edge City” won the Golden Starfish Award for American independent film at the Hamptons Film Festival.

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