BURDEN SCREENING AND CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR ANDREW HECKLER
When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy resolves to do everything in his power to prevent racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy’s congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden, a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother and a high-school friend force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. After Kennedy helps Mike leave behind his violent past, the Baptist preacher finds himself on a collision course with manipulative KKK leader Tom Griffin. In the face of grave threats to himself and his family, the resolute Kennedy bravely pursues a path toward peace, setting aside his own misgivings in the hopes of healing his wounded community.
Directed by Andrew Heckler, the film stars Garrett Hedlund, BIFA-winner Andrea Riseborough, Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, and BAFTA-winner Tom Wilkinson and was produced with Robbie Brenner (Oscar nominee for Dallas Buyers Club).
Burden had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2018, where it won the Audience Award. Upon its premiere, Amy Nicholson in Variety called Burden “emotionally complex…a big-hearted crowd-pleaser that inspires hope without letting its characters, even the heroes, off the hook.”
Andrew Heckler is a filmmaker and the writer and director of Burden, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in dramatic competition and garnered its Audience Award. He is also a partner at Unburdened Entertainment, along with Academy Award-nominee and Burden producer Robbie Brenner. Prior to this, Heckler launched Catchwater Entertainment with actor Aaron Eckhart. Heckler has participated in all facets of the entertainment business, as an actor, writer, and producer. He had acting parts in the film Armageddon and the TV show “Ally McBeal.” He started his theatrical career as the founder of Workhouse Theater in Tribeca, New York City.
The film contains mature themes and mature language.