Chris is a survivor of a virus that has nearly made humanity extinct. Burdened by loss yet propelled by the unwavering hope that he will find others, he has to make his way through this empty world to face the old adage, "be careful what you wish for."
Have a seat under the truth tree. Eden Burns was the toughest thing I've ever done. Not making it. Putting it out there.
I have muzzled myself and held myself back for years because I had to be "ready." My work had to be "perfect." Eden Burns is a deeply personal story to me, of how people deal with loss differently, and it is a tale of being marooned in a landscape of depression as much as it is a post-apocalyptic one. I learned a lot making this film, chief among those is that "ready" and "perfect" are a fool's illusions. I'm putting this film out there not as much as an expression of art but as me committing those lessons so I can move on and keep learning and getting better.
I stubbornly wanted to write, direct and edit a film that I acted in and served as cinematographer, for the sake of economy and probably ego. Did the film suffer because I wore all those hats? Yes. It cost $160 to make. At most, I had a crew of 2 to help me on various scenes, but it was mostly just my wife and I and I count this and our building a BBQ together as proof that we can survive anything. Out of fear, I nearly strangled this film to death as I tried to lovingly let it breathe. I hope it finds new life out of my hands.
That's my story behind Eden Burns. I hope you enjoy it.
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