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Ed Burns
Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
 
Lauded by critics and audiences alike, Ed Burns gained international recognition for his first feature film The Brothers McMullen, which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize. The film, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in, was shot on a budget of only $25,000 and went on to gross over $10 million at the domestic box office, making it the most profitable film of 1995. The film also won "Best First Feature" at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.

Burns' second film, the romantic comedy She's The One, starring Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, reinforced Burns' versatile talent as a writer, director, and actor able to simultaneously and successfully wear multiple hats.

His 11th feature film as a writer, director, and actor is the drama The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, and stars Kerry Bishé, Connie Britton, Caitlin FitzGerald, Ed Lauter, and Michael McGlone. Burns continues to write, direct, star in and produce his films, including the Paramount Classics relationship comedy Sidewalks of New York, Purple Violets, Nice Guy Johnny, and Newlyweds. In a groundbreaking deal, Purple Violets was the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes. Burns expanded on this new model of digital distribution to include cable Video on Demand to reach even wider audiences and successfully released two films, Nice Guy Johnny and Newlyweds via these platforms in 2010 and 2011.
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A Conversation With Ed Burns

And how do good stories get told when the Hollywood studio system is a business about the bottom line? Is it possible to remain authentic and not "sell out?" With his film, Nice Guy Johnny, Burns deliberately resisted the traditional distribution channels where there is little control, and embraced a changing marketplace-one where filmgoers want their content immediate and accessible across a variety of digital platforms.A true indie filmmaker at heart from his early days of breaking into the industry with The Brothers McMullen at Sundance, Ed Burns knows what it takes to follow the dream of being a writer and director.
His latest film, Newlyweds, continues the trend of "anytime, anyplace, anywhere" by being available directly to viewers across a variety of platforms. It also confirms Burns' proclivity for retaining his independent spirit and keeping him at the forefront of low-budget indie filmmaking. Passionate about making personal films with candor and integrity, Burns' perseverance inspires the dreamer in others, no matter what industry or field they pursue.
In an intimate and lively conversation format, Ed Burns shares his experiences in the world of filmmaking and how to make use of the current technology to get great stories told.

 

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Edward Burns, Director of Newlyweds, on the Changing Face of Indie Film Distribution

The Daily Beast
Ever since his 1995 directorial debut, The Brothers McMullen, which grossed over $10 million at the U.S. box office on a budget of just $23,800, Edward Burns has been at the fore of cutthroat, low-budget indie filmmaking. With his latest film, Newlyweds, released Dec. 26 on video-on-demand, the director opens up about how independent film distribution models have changed.
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20 Odd Questions: Director Ed Burns

Wall Street Journal
Few People can romanticize New York like actor/writer/director Ed Burns, who was born in Queens to an Irish-Catholic clan of NYPD officers. His first screenplay, "The Brothers McMullen," set in Manhattan and Long Island, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1995
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Tribeca festival to close with Ed Burns' film

Los Angeles Times
A new movie set in New York by filmmaker and actor Edward Burns will close the Tribeca Film Festival this year, organizers said on Monday.  "Newlyweds," Burns' tenth writing and directing effort, takes a comical look at modern marriage. It will premiere on April 30, a day before the festival ends.
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