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Comedy (Romantic?). Filmed on location at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) on 24p HD-Cam, Burning Annie stars up-and-coming notables Gary Lundy (Donnie Darko) and Sara Downing (Hard Cash, "Dead Last,"), with stellar support from Kim Murphy ("24"), Brian Klugman (Can't Hardly Wait), Jay Paulson (Go), Todd Duffey (Office Space), and Rini Bell (Ghost World).
Debut director Van Flesher is a celebrated cinematographer with two decades' experience behind the camera. He has taught film at USC, the LA Film School, and Watkins College of Art and Design. The writer, Zack Ordynans, is a New York City journalist and critic. Burning Annie is the first feature of Armak Productions (Randy Mack, producer). Woody Allen and his representatives have given the film both a thumbs-up and their blessing, and all clearances have been satisfied with him and MGM/United Artists.
Burning Annie captures relationship dysfunction in college with a razor-sharp honesty, intelligence, and humor. It joins the ranks of textured, intelligent films like Rushmore, Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Squid and the Whale, Election, Lovely and Amazing, The Graduate, and Ghost World, and appeals to Gen-Y, college students, arthouse literati, and everyone who has ever been emotionally haunted by pop culture saturation. Laugh as you cry with recognition.
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"It's the beginning of a new semester," Max says at the start, "full of potential that will surely go to waste." Meet MAX, a college student whose universe is defined by the "cautionary tale" of Annie Hall, a guy who only reaches out to the world through a radio show that he prays nobody listens to.
Meet Max's friends. There's CHARLES, the handsome thespian (and Rat Pack wanna-be) who has no trouble meeting girls but still believes he's unlucky at love. There's SAM, whose long-term relationship with his girlfriend JEN is now held together mostly by emotional inertia. There's AMANDA, the sensitive Ani DiFranco fan who can't get through to the inscrutable SCOTT. And finally there is BETH, Max's closest friend until a disastrous date ruins their friendship, possibly forever.
The most important person in Max's life, however, is Annie Hall. When Charles suggests that Max's favorite movie-- and favorite obsession-- is sabotaging his romantic relationships, Max resists the idea, but quickly finds plenty of evidence to support the theory.
The theory can't possibly be correct-- right? Does the problem lie with Max and his friends, or is a 20-year-old movie about failed relationships really causing this 20-year-old's relationships to fail? And can Max really make it work with JULIE, the beautiful girl who happens to be his radio show's only audience member, without Annie Hall to guide him?
Burning Annie is a humorous slice of college life, filled with authentic characters and moments sure to strike a chord. It is an up-close look at the fallout of our media-saturated society, a love story for the post-existential generations, and a wise-beyond-its-hero's-years study of human interaction that delivers poignancy and laughs to spare.
Burning Annie-- the first must-see feel-bad date-movie comedy
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