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Video: Andrew Heckler’s Burden | 2018 Sundance Film Festival

A long time in the making and perhaps the longest gestating film from the entire line-up all sections combined, starring Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker and Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Heckler‘s Burden certainly wears its heart and the good versus sinister elements on its sleeve. The film means well and is a sincere handling of the fact based material, but while the audience ate this up, I couldn’t help feel that the cast of stereotypes were insufferably distracting with the only positive flash being Andrea Riseborough’s twang. The more heartfelt elements can be felt here in an emotional and thankful Andrew Heckler who presented the world premiere with cast and crew.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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