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Ed Burns
Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
 
Ed Burns can never be accused of just sitting around and waiting for a break. In his spare time while working as a gofer at Entertainment Tonight, Burns financed, produced and directed his first film, The Brothers McMullen.

A comedy focusing on the romantic troubles facing three Irish-Catholic siblings, The Brothers McMullen was shot primarily in his parents' Long Island home, with a cast of unknowns including Burns himself. Filmed over eight months' time with a budget of about $25,000 (and with the help of a technical crew and equipment "borrowed" from Entertainment Tonight), the film was rejected by a series of distributors.
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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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