Ed Burns got his big break working for Entertainment Tonight when, in 1994, he used his position as an assistant to slip Robert Redford a copy of The Brothers McMullen -- so when the time came to give the world an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his latest project, Burns turned to ET!
And now Burns is giving another new voice a shot with American Express' My Movie Pitch -- a competition where untested screenwriters could submit their movie ideas, with the winner's short being produced and directed by Burns. It will also premiere at The Tribeca Film Festival!
"I was thrilled to collaborate with American Express and Tribeca Films on their innovative My Movie Pitch competition," Burns tells ETonline exclusively. "As an independent filmmaker, one of my greatest pleasures is working with emerging talent to help them experience the thrill of bringing an idea to life through the magic of filmmaking. It's an honor to help bring aspiring artists closer to the filmmaking process and to enable story telling for all film fans."
The winning short, titled Doggy Bags, was submitted by Susan Brennan of Brooklyn, New York. The pitch told the story of a couple who have to cut back on their expensive habit of dining out and will be brought to life by Matt Bush, Mike McGlone and Daniela Pineda on-screen.
"It's great to be able to share this behind the scenes experience to really give people a sense of the process and camaraderie you feel on an indie film set," Burns says. "We filmed Doggy Bags in the dead of winter, and despite the freezing temps, we all had a blast working together and turning Susan Brennan's idea into reality.”
Watch ETonline's exclusive behind the scenes video from the Doggy Bags shoot and throughout the Festival, Doggy Bags will be available to view on TribecaFilm.com!