WHO WE ARE
Burma was made by a group of passionate young filmmakers and producers based out of New York. For many of us, this was our first feature film and a project very dear to our hearts. We are all ecstatic to be going to competition at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival but need a little more help to use the festival’s momentum and get our film out to the world. For more updates on the status of our film like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BurmaTheFilm or follow us on Twitter @
WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING
Though our film is complete, we still got bills to pay! Our credit card company has trained assassins with ninja stars trying to break the knee caps of my producers. Also we have some more post production costs that we need to ensure you can one day see our film in all its glory!
1 – POSTPRODUCTION
• Color Correction
• Formatting the movie to HD Cams in order to show on the big screen
• Music rights. In order to keep the music in our movie, we have to pay for the rights to those songs.
2 – PRESS MATERIALS
• Poster, stickers, DVDs and BluRays
• PR company to help rep our film
• Poster design
ABOUT THE FILM
When Dr. Lynn abandoned his terminally ill wife on her deathbed, he left his three children Susan, Christian, and Win essentially orphaned. Almost a decade later, on the eve of their annual family reunion, Dr. Lynn unexpectedly shows up at Christian's door claiming he can justify his nine-year absence. Drug-addled and emotionally vulnerable, Christian reluctantly agrees to escort his father to the reunion, sending an already volatile family environment reeling.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
We set a funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Even if you can’t help us financially, your love and support can be manifested in other ways. Just by sharing or liking a link to this page or our website (burmafilm.com) on facebook or twitter you can generate attention and maybe lead us to someone who can contribute.
For those of you who give: Thank you. A million times from the bottom of our heart, thank you. By donating to our cause you are helping to fulfill the dreams of many young and talented people who love making movies and want to keep on making them for years to come. Not to mention all the swag involved.
We love you.
Christopher Abbott – Christian
Christopher Abbott is an emerging stage, screen, and television actor. He can most recently be seen as "Charlie" in Lena Dunham’s critically acclaimed HBO series “Girls." Last fall Christopher co-starred opposite Melanie Lynskey and Blythe Danner in Oscilloscope's Hello I Must Be Going. The film debuted at Sundance unveiling Abbott as one of the festival's honored "Fresh Faces in Film" by 7 For All Mankind.
The Stamford, Connecticut native made his Broadway debut in John Guare's “The House of Blue Leaves,” opposite Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Edie Falco. Additionally, film audiences were introduced to him alongside Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes in Sean Durkin's striking, award winning feature debut Martha Marcy May Marlene. Christopher received a Gotham award nomination for "Best Ensemble" for Durkin's film.
Gaby Hoffmann - Susan
Film: Crystal Fairy, Burma, Goodbye World, The Surrogate Mary, Nate & Margaret, Confidente, Tzametti 13, Life During Wartime, You Can Count On Me, Black and White, Coming Soon, 200 Cigarettes, All I Wanna Do, Snapped, Everyone Says I Love You, Now and Then, Man Without A Face, Sleepless in Seattle, This Is My Life, Uncle Buck, Field Of Dreams.
Theater: The Last Seder (Theatre Three, Suburbia (Second Stage),
Third (Lincoln Center), The Sugar Syndrome (Williamstown),The 24 Hour Plays
(2004 and 2005 Broadway).
Television: Louie (FX), The Good Wife (CBS), Homeland (Showtime), Private Practice (ABC), The Eastmans (Pilot-CBS), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC).
Webisodes: F to 7th, Lyle, The Boring Life Of Jacqueline.
Education: Bard College
Chris McCann – Dr. Lynn
Film credits include:Burma directed by Carlos Puga; Lance Edmands’ Bluebird; 3 films by Antonio Campos: Afterschool, The Last 15I and Buy it Now, which won the ‘05 Cinefoundation Award at Cannes; American Violet directed by Tim Disney; Michael Glowagger’s Das Vaterspiel; Mary Harran’s The Ballad of Betty Page, and Tom Fontana’s Strip Search directed by Sidney Lumet.
TV includes: Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Unforgettable, Numbers, The Bronx is Burning "Now and Again", Law & Order S.V.U., Path to Paradise, Law&Order, Miami Vice.
Christopher McCann’s career in Theater spans 40 years, in which he has appeared in the premieres of works by such writers as Caryll Churchill, Tony Kushner, Sam Shapard, Charles Mee, and Beth Henley; he has been blessed to work with directors, one would find on the short lists of any Thearter buff for the most renowned American and European directors, including: Lucien Pintilie, Joseph Chaikin, Richard Foreman, Garland Wright and Robert Woodruff.
Presently on the Faculty at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Theater Arts, in the Acting program where I teach the 3rd years actors Shakespeare.
Emily Fleischer - Kate
Emily Fleischer. Selected theatre and film credits include On The Head of A Pin (59E59), Sea Marks (Fable Theatre), No Exit (The Secret Theatre). Burma (Carlos Puga), Black Death (Christopher Smith), King Kelly (Andrew Neel), Glass Chin (Noah Buschel). Education: SUNY Purchase.
Dan Bittner – Win
Previous credits include (Broadway) The Vertical Hour dir Sam Mendes (Off Broadway/Lincoln Center) The House in Town dir Doug Hughes, Farragut North (Off Broadway/Geffen) (Film) The Wolf of Wall Street dir Martin Scorsese, Adventureland dir Greg Mottola, Men in Black 3, Are We Officially Dating?, The Producers: The Movie Musical, Burma dir Carlos Pugas, Grand Street, The Last Girl on Earth (Tribeca Film Festival), Coda. (TV) Law and Order, Elementary, Bored to Death, David Letterman. Dan has voiced numerous cartoons and audiobooks and will be heard in an upcoming series on Nickelodeon.
Jacinta Puga -Charlie
Jacinta Puga is currently a 7th grade student at a bilingual school in Chile, the Santiago College. She enjoys school, sports, friends and reading, as well as acting. She has lived in Buenos Aires, London, New Jersey and Chile and is fluent in both English and Spanish. This is her acting debut in a feature film.
Matt McCarthy – Pat
Matt McCarthy has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored To Death and as host of AMC's Action Pack with comedian Nick Stevens. Matt can also be seen in his viral videos with Front Page Films. In 2010, Matt appeared in the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg film The Other Guys; and, in 2012, he played the role of Ossap in the indie releaseThe Normals, also starring Bryan Greenberg and Dan Hedaya. Matt’s role as the regular cable guy on Verizon’s national campaign won him an ECNY Award.
Matt currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Carlos Puga - Writer/Director/Executive Producer
Carlos Puga was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Miami, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from The Stern School of Business at New York University while also studying acting and directing at several New York studios. In 2003 he founded Standard Arts, a television and film production company through which he began producing and directing for MTV's documentary series True Life; work which he continues to this day and for which in 2009 he received a Daytime Emmy Award. In 2011 his short film Satan Since 2003 premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at SXSW, AFI Fest, and Rooftop Films. He currently resides in New York City and has never had a cup of coffee.
Brett Potter – Producer
Brett Potter is a co-founder of Calavera USA, a New York-based commercial, music video, and film production company. As a producer, his short and feature films have played at festivals all over the world such as Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, Hamptons, and Fantasia. In commercial production, he has worked with J Crew, Sephora, Michael Kors and APC. His music videos have been featured on MTV, SPIN and Pitchfork TV. Online, his work has accumulated just under three million hits. In 2010 he associate produced Martha Marcy May Marlene, which was released internationally by Fox Searchlight. In 2011 he produced short film The Fort which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Brett produced Burma and The Places Where We Lived, both of which will premiere at SXSW 2013. Brett grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Grant Curatola – Producer
Grant Curatola graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is the co-founder of Calavera, a commercial, music video, and film production company based in New York. His first narrative short, Death and the Blue-Eyed Boy premiered at the 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival and went on to play a chain of festivals worldwide. Grant has produced music videos for Atlantic and Slumber Land records, as well as commercial content for brands A.P.C, Nickelodeon, and Ikea. In 2012, Grant produced feature film Burma and executive produced short The Places Where We Lived, both of which are premiering at SXSW 2013. Currently, Grant is working with Gin Lane Media directing content for Adidas, Michael Kors, and J. Crew. He currently lives in New York City.
McCabe Walsh - Producer
McCabe Walsh graduated from the New School University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He spent his last two years of college cutting his production teeth as a personal assistant to Sam Mendes in his New York offices, working on such films as Away We Go and the most recent Bond film, SKYFALL. After graduating, McCabe branched out into the independent film world and produced a short film, KARAOKE!, which was selected to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and his first feature film, BURMA, which will premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. He is a proud son of Boston.
Jean-Raphael Ambron – Producer
Jean-Raphael Ambron is an owner/partner of Act Zero Films. He has extensive production experience on over fifty commercials, countless short films, and numerous music videos. Jean-Raphael Ambron served as producer on such films as Burma (dir. Carlos Puga, starring Chris Abbott), Sweets (dir. Rick Rodgers, starring Catherine Kellner, Kevin Corrigan), and Blumenthal (dir. Seth Fisher, starring Seth Fisher, Brian Cox). His films have won multiple accolades including the “Prix de Jeunesse” from the Cannes Film Festival, The grand jury prize from the Black American Film Festival, and multiple selections at the Sundance Film Festival.
Garrett P. Fennelly – Co-Producer
Garrett P. Fennelly is an NYC based producer. He is presently the owner/executive producer for Act Zero. He has a strong background in production and has extensive production experience on countless commercials, shorts, music videos and feature films. He has been the Unit Production Manager on films such as New York
Export : Opus Jazz directed by Jody Lee Lipes and Henry Joost, Martha Marcy May Marlene directed by Sean Durkin (official selection Sundance 2011 Winner of the Best Director award, Official Selection at Cannes) and commercial spots for Sephora, Porsche, Mercedes, and Starbucks. His recent work as a producer includes the short films “The Fort” directed by Andrew Renzi (Sundance 2012), “Teacher of the Year” (Tribeca Film Festival 2012), and “KARAOKE!” directed by Andrew Renzi (Sundance 2013), and the features, “Blumenthal” starring Brian Cox and Directed by Seth Fisher, “Burma” directed by Carlos Puga, and his latest project “Bluebird” which completed principle photography in March, directed by Lance Edmunds and starring John Slattery.
Susan Shopmaker – Executive Producer, Casting Director
Susan Shopmaker recently cast Rob Reiner’s THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE (with Morgan Freeman ) & Tom Gormican’s ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING. She cast the Award Winning MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (Directed by Sean Durkin and produced by Borderline Films : Antonio Campos and Josh Mond ). John Cameron Mitchell’s HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and JCM’s SHORTBUS (Cannes 2006)
Susan Shopmaker was the New York Casting Director on Disney’s
ENCHANTED directed by Kevin Lima. She was also New York Casting Director on
Nancy Meyer’s SOMETHINGS GOTTA GIVE (with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton), and
THE HOLIDAY (Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet) Mark Water’s MEAN GIRLS (written by
Tina Fey produced by Paramount) Mark Water’s SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (Paramount),
& his GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST. Television Credits include : Robert Altman’s
TANNER ON TANNER (written by Garry Trudeau) for The Sundance Channel. & The
U.S. version of the celebrated British show SKINS . and BET’s Gun Hill directed
by Reggie Rock Blythewood
In addition: Susan Executive Produced and cast Borderline Films’ AFTERSCHOOL by Antonio Campos which made it’s debut in Cannes 2008 (Un Certain Regard). Susan also Executive Produced KING KELLY (SXSW 2012) directed by Andrew Neel & the upcoming BLUEBIRD written and directed by Lance Edmands. She is currently Producing Andrew Neel’s 2nd Narrative Feature: THE HOUSE OF TRAMMEL. Susan won a 2012 Artio award for her casting on MARTHA MARCY AY MARLENE.
Andrew D Corkin – Executive Producer
Andrew Corkin, of Uncorked Productions, studied film and television production, concentrating on producing, at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
In 2007, with Borderline Films, Andrew Associate Produced his first feature, Afterschool, which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Continuing his work with Borderline Films, he Co-Produced their short film, Mary Last Seen and their award-winning feature, Martha Marcy May Marlene, both premiering at Sundance. Martha was sold to Fox Searchlight at Sundance in 2011.
In 2011, Andrew worked with Bronson Club, out of Finland, to Co-Produce their English language debut, Love & Other Troubles, starring Emilie De Ravin, and also collaborated with SeeThink Films to Produce Andrew Neel’s narrative debut, King Kelly, which premiered at SxSW 2012. Under Uncorked, he Produced the 8-episode web-series, The Walker, starring Academy-Award nominee Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, and Rightor Doyle. Working with Brooklyn-based filmmaker/artist/musician Terence Nance, Andrew Produced Terence’s feature, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which was selected into the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and which was awarded a Gotham Independent Film Award. Andrew recently produced the genre film We Are What We Are, with Jim Mickle directing, which premiered at Sundance 2013. We Are What We Are marked Andrew’s fifth film in four years to premiere at Sundance. Andrew is an Executive Producer on Carlos Puga’s feature, Burma, which premieres in competition at SxSW 2013.
Alexander Schepsman – Executive Producer
Alexander Schepsman graduated with a BFA in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. Stroll, his senior short film, which he wrote and directed, played at film festivals around the world and won best student short film at the 2010 American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
After working in short film and commercials in New York for several years, Alexander was an executive producer on his first feature film, Martha Marcy May Marlene, which won Best Director at Sundance in 2011 and was distributed worldwide by Fox Searchlight. That year, he formed NoMoore Productions, a production, development, and film finance company based in Los Angeles. Under NoMoore, and working with much of the team from Martha, Alexander most recently completed production on Bluebird, premiering later this year and Burma, premiering in competition at SxSW. He is currently in development on several LA and NY-based productions, including what will be his directorial debut feature film.
Risks and challenges
We’ve done the hard part. The film is complete and in competition at SXSW. The only challenge we face now is getting our film out to the masses!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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