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Writer/Director: Andrew Heckler | Producers: Robbie Brenner, Bill Kenwright, Jincheng | Editor: Julie Monroe, Saar Klein | Composer: Dickon Hinchliffe | Cinematographer: Jeremy Rouse | Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker, Usher Raymond, Tom Wilkinson | USA / 2018 / 128 min
About the Film
During the winter of 1996, Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund) and his group of local Klansmen open the Redneck Shop and Ku Klux Klan Museum in an abandoned movie theater in Laurens, South Carolina. This swiftly brings the attention of neighborhood Baptist minister, Reverend David Kennedy (Forest Whitaker), who organizes daily protests. Recalling Southern sagas of confrontation and redemption, Andrew Heckler’s Sundance Audience Award-winning film reveals the powerful true story of how Mike, with the help of Reverend Kennedy and the love of a good woman, Judy (Andrea Riseborough), renounces his racist hatred, only to face retribution from his Klansman surrogate father, Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson).
Andrew Heckler was recognized with the New Voices in Screenwriting Award at NFF's Screenwriters Tribute on Saturday, June 23.
About the Filmmaker
Andrew Heckler is the writer/director of Burden, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S Dramatic Competition and garnered the coveted Audience Award. He is also a partner at Unburdened Entertainment, along with Academy Award-nominated producer, Robbie Brenner. Prior to this, Andrew launched Catchwater Entertainment with actor Aaron Eckhart. Andrew started his theatrical career as the founder of Workhouse Theater, located in New York City's Tribeca. He has participated in all facets of the entertainment business, as an actor, writer, and producer. Andrew is a graduate of Cornell University. He lives in Malibu, California with his wife and three children.