Private Project

In the Absence of Eden

"In the Absence of Eden" speaks to the loss of what once was, and what can never be reclaimed. An internal and external theft of self, at the hands of an abuser. How does a survivor heal, rebuild, and thrive in the absence of who they were- in the absence of eden.

“In the Absence of Eden” follows a recently bereaved foster mother, Kalissa "Lissy" Miller, on the day she is confronted by a profound betrayal within her already dysfunctional family.

  • Karenssa LeGear
    Director
    "Capture"
  • John Freeman
    Director
    "Capture"
  • Erica Livingstone
    Writer
  • Karenssa LeGear
    Producer
    "Capture"
  • Erica Livingstone
    Producer
  • Karenssa LeGear
    Key Cast
    "Kalissa "Lissy" Miller"
    Veronica Mars, Christmas Harmony, Capture
  • Elin Alexander
    Key Cast
    "Anabelle Miller"
  • Beth Gallagher
    Key Cast
    "Arianna Miller"
  • Suzana Norberg
    Key Cast
    "Meredith Miller"
  • Robinawitz Demi
    Director of Photography
  • Karenssa LeGear
    Editor
  • Jenn Soranno - Songwriter "Another"
    Music
  • Karenssa LeGear - Vocals
    Music
  • Jenna Pekny - Guitar
    Music
  • Bora Jang - Violin / Cello
    Music
  • Alan Goodman - Music Recorder & Mixer
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red + Sony
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:37:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Karenssa LeGear , John Freeman

"In the Absence of Eden" marks Karenssa LeGear & John Freeman's second collaboration as Co-Directors.

Karenssa LeGear comes from a long history of working in front of the camera, and on stage, as an actress and singer. In recent years she has finally stepped into her long time dream roles of Director, Producer, Casting Director, & Collaborative Screenwriter. Karenssa is a dual citizen of Australia & the U.S.A.

John Freeman comes from a background behind the camera specializing as a director and cinematographer. Having been part of dozens of projects in San Diego and Los Angeles, John has worked on everything from music videos to feature films -bringing the make believe to life on the big screen for nearly a decade.

Over the past 5 years, Karenssa & John have worked together on numerous independent films here in San Diego. “Capture”, the duo’s first collaboration as co- writers, co-directors, and co-producers, premiered during San Diego Film Week 2019.

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Director Statement

"In the Absence of Eden" is a proof of concept scene taken from a feature film script that is currently in development. The scene was produced in 2019 for the Women Making A Scene international film project, in which it was a semi-finalist.

"In the Absence of Eden" speaks to the loss of what once was, and what can never be reclaimed. An internal and external theft of self, at the hands of an abuser. How does a survivor heal, rebuild, and thrive in the absence of who they were- in the absence of eden.