I’ve never really connected with Edward Burns, though we’re both Bruceheads and I totally acknowledge he’s an often interesting actor and writer/director. The Brothers McMullen was a watershed movie back in the ’90’s (“What? You can make a movie for $20K and not have it be as shallow as El Mariachi or as ugly as Clerks?”), but I’m not sure how well its aged. For me though, Burns has always been interesting because he thought outside the box regarding filmmaking and (particularly) distribution. (And for the fact that he’s married to Christie Turlington. Ahem.)
My own films so far have been small chamber pieces, much like his own. I enjoy the idea that movies can be about people, like they used to be back in the ’90’s – small films that may not capture the weekend box-office grosses, but were worthy and memorable all the same — Raymond Carver, say, meets Woody Allen. Burns’ films pretty much live there, too, and he seems to have a pretty cool way to keep going — to keep making art his own way. Maybe not getting rich at it, but keeping the flame alive, while maintaining complete creative control. In today’s movie world, that’s no small feat.
This interview from Ain’t It Cool News is an in-depth fascinating talk about this new model. It’s pretty much the same one I used when creating and distributing my latest movie, Alison — make small films, keep a low overhead, make a little money on the the distrib and keep going. Check it out — Burns has a lot of interesting things to say. I’ll definitely be taking a look at his newer movies.
In the meantime, I’ll let you know how things come out.