Rock Haven
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Rock Haven

USA, 2007, 78 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming Out, Drama, Gay, Local Filmmakers / Subjects, Religion / Spirituality, Youth
Program: U.S. Features
Language: English

DIRECTOR: David Lewis

When new kid in town Brady arrives in the California coastal community of Rock Haven, he’s astounded by the sense of peace that the noble seascapes offer. Devout Christians, the eighteen-year-old and his mother have come seeking a new life and hoping to share new life with others — all through the word of the Lord.
Everything seems perfect until Brady befriends his neighbor Clifford. Handsome, athletic and uninhibited, Clifford is a far cry from the introverted Brady, whose Bible is always close at hand for quick reference. Brady recognizes something else about his new friend: the deep desires he awakens in him, which Brady has felt before but suppressed until now. When it becomes clear that Clifford is attracted to him — and is all too ready to make a move — Brady’s journey through fear, surrender and recrimination is fast and furious, as are his alternating impulses to reject, embrace and save Clifford. Clifford, in turn, is bruised, charmed and undeniably changed by his encounter with the conflicted Brady.
In this disarming first feature, director David Lewis crafts a sensitive portrait of warring passions and convictions, charting both the impasses and surprising points of intersection in an uncommon human drama. Provocative, romantic and generous to all of its characters, Rock Haven is an affecting story about two souls, each looking for an experience of grace — and finding it in the most unexpected places. — SHANNON KELLEY


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