Teen actress Eden Duncan-Smith is set to make her Tribeca Film Festival debut at this year’s competition in the suspense film “Meadowland” starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, and Elisabeth Moss.
Portraying Wilde’s gifted but troubled student, Alma, Duncan-Smith’s delivers a soul stirring performance that is sure to turn heads and raise awareness about issues that affect young women. As the character Alma, Eden embodies what it means to be a socially aware teen in America, struggling with war, loneliness and low self-esteem.
Following her big screen debut in the hit movie “Annie”, where she starred as foster girl Isabella alongside fellow starlet, Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, this new role is more dramatic and mature. Duncan-Smith says, “ I was a 14 year old high school young lady when we filmed Annie but played a 11 year old middle school girl. “ she continues “The gift of being an actor is that you do what you need to do… you kind of become who you need to become. But this, my role as Alma, was something closer to who I am and where I am in my life. I actually know a girl just like my character and so I had to really pull back and tap into her truth for a good performance.”
“Meadowland” is the directorial debut of d.p. Reed Morano (“Frozen River,” “The Skeleton Twins”) and follows an unraveling relationship with a couple whose son goes missing. This star-studded film stretches actors and really tells a passionate story of how people cope in the middle of conflict.
The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 15 – 26, 2015. The mission of the festival is “to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.”