Film Review: Delaware Shore
Delaware Shore is an independent feature film, written and directed by Raghav Peri. In this drama, holocaust survivor Agnes escapes the concentration camps and finds refuge at a Delaware Beach. Haunted by the war and its atrocities, she finds herself raising her abandoned twin grandchildren, Tasha and Gallagher. Her war experiences have made her incapable of showing affection but through obligation, she does the bare minimum to raise these kids. Despite the family atmosphere, Tasha is a bright, talented poet and Gall is a deeply sensitive glass half-full optimist. However, Tasha and Gall both struggle with finding the affection they miss at home with sometimes unforeseen and life changing consequences. How their lives unfold on the coast of "Delaware Shore" will form the rest of the story.
Gail Wagner as Agnes and Emily Mckinley Hill as Tasha
Making an independent film can be challenging, let alone a periodic feature-length movie. With his unique approach to storytelling and tons of passion, Raghav Peri creates a heartfelt story that is both inspiring and thought provoking.
Director Raghav Peri with actress Emily Mckinley Hill
Above all, there is truth in the characters' voices. In their stories. And especially in their conflicts, fears and hopes. They feel like human beings, rather than just characters in a film. They go through some of everyone's struggles, they show weakness, and that is why it's so easy to relate to them.
It was a pleasure to watch Gail Wagner as Agnes, and to follow the development of her story, along others' - including the two other leads Emily Mckinley Hill as Tasha and James Robinson Jr. as Gallagher. Overall, they did a good job with the entire ensemble cast: Kevin D. Benton, Bella Dontine, Kevin Austra, Ed Aristone , Brenda Carey, David Claney, Jason R. Maga.
Delaware Shore wasn't meant to be a perfect film, and indie film lovers wouldn't expect it to be. Independent films should tell important stories that touch the viewers' hearts. And Delaware Shore does.
Delaware Shore won Best Drama and Best Ensemble at Festigious in February 2018.
'Delaware Shore' Theatrical Run Begins on Dec. 21 in LA and Dec. 28 in NY.
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Releasing in select cinemas this weekend
About the director:
Raghav Peri was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. He has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from JNTU, Hyderabad. He comes from a place where movies are the biggest form of entertainment and stars in the films are celebrated as demigods. It came natural to him to fall in love with Cinema. Though he works in IT, his real love & passion has always been cinema since childhood.He has made a lot of short films back in India before moving to USA on work in 2013 and lives in New Jersey now. His maiden film project in USA called “Bar Study” won him few awards at film festivals and played in different cities across USA, Russia and India. He assisted few Directors on feature films and web-series before moving onto his feature length Directorial debut film “Delaware Shore”.