Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

There’s more than meets the eye in intelligent, thought-provoking ‘A Perfect Life’

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore –
And then run?
– Langston Hughes

Filmed entirely in Tacoma and written, directed and performed by local talent, “A Perfect Life” is one of Tacoma Film Festival’s hometown heroes among the 100+ films on tap for the fest. This film is a must-see on many levels – from its compelling story and universal message, to its intense performances by the actors and hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. “A Perfect Life” certainly deserves the awards and accolades it has already received.

The film tells the story of Brian (Joe Rosati), an idealistic young man who craves the “perfect life” and at first seems to have achieved it – a loving wife, a beautiful baby daughter, a great job, a house complete with white picket fence and two-car garage, a family dog – the ingredients for an American Dream realized. This is the ideal life for which countless Americans strive, but oftentimes things can go sideways once it sinks in that this dream we are told will bring us happiness turns out to be everything we never really wanted at all. This is the point at which the life of Brian falls to ruination. Still not satisfied with what he’s got, he falls for the lure of “the grass is always greener” and it becomes his downfall.

Created through the combined talents of writer/director Chad Ruin, actor/producer Joe Rosati and producer Scott Stone, “A Perfect Life” beautifully showcases the brilliance among these three local filmmaking veterans. In the lead male role as Brian, Rosati brings palpable believability to his character. The same can be said for the female lead actor Ashley Cozine as Brian’s wife Bella – her joys and sorrows become the viewer’s as well. Another standout performance is delivered by Scott C. Brown who brings just the right amount of levity to the story as a homeless alcoholic doling out advice from a park bench with gritty, wry humor.

“A Perfect Life” is told through Brian’s flashbacks with the camera being a fly on the wall through which viewers are made privy to one man’s most intimate details. Tacomans will immediately recognize film locations like Wright Park in particular. The film also stars Ted Romain Fuller, Kris Keppeler, Tammi Wren, Ben Fuller and Colin Sannes.

“A Perfect Life” has been nominated for best picture at Seattle's True Independent Film Festival, won a gold medal for original score at Park City Film Music Festival and received worldwide distribution. See it at The Grand Cinema at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Filmmaker Ruin will be in attendance. The film will also be shown at the Gig Harbor Film Festival on Oct. 15 at 8:30 p.m. www.gigharborfilmfe​