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Independent Ed

Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and the Twelve Best Days of My Life

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An entertaining and inspirational memoir by one of the most prominent practitioners and evangelists of independent filmmaking, and the acclaimed writer, director, and actor (Saving Private Ryan, Friends with Kids, Entourage) whose first film—The Brothers McMullen—has become an indie classic.

At the age of twenty-five, Ed Burns directed and produced his first film on a tiny $25,000 budget. The Brothers McMullen went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995, and established the working-class Irish American filmmaker as a talent to watch. In the twenty years since, Burns has made ten more films (She’s the One, Sidewalks of New York, and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas), while also acting in big budget Hollywood movies (Saving Private Ryan), hit television shows (Entourage and Mob City), and pioneering a new distribution network for indie filmmakers online and with TV’s On Demand service (“why open a film in twenty art houses when you can open in twenty million homes?”).

Inspired by Burns’s uncompromising success both behind and in front of the camera, students and aspiring filmmakers are always asking Burns for advice. In Independent Ed, Burns shares the story of his two remarkable decades in a fickle business where heat and box office receipts are often all that matter. He recounts stories of the lengths he has gone to to secure financing for his films, starting with The Brothers McMullen (he told his father: “Shooting was the twelve best days of my life”). How he found stars on their way up—including Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz—to work in his films, and how he’s adhered religiously to the dictum of writing what you know, working as if he was just starting out, and always “looking for the next twelve best days of my life.”

Chronicling the struggles and the long hours as well as the heady moments when months of planning and writing come to fruition, Independent Ed is a must-read for movie fans, film students, and everyone who loves a gripping tale about what it takes to forge your own path in work and life.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 08, 2014 – Director-actor Burns stormed the independent film world when his 1995 debut, The Brothers McMullen made with a $25,000 budget while Burns was working full-time as a production assistant for Entertainment Tonight won the top award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Immediately, the 27-year-old Long Island man's world changed, as he explains in this earnest memoir. "I was put into bed with the best," writes Burns, who instead of seeking counsel from his dad, a NYC cop, had Robert Redford as a mentor. The buzz couldn't last. After critical and commercial disappointments (No Looking Back and The Groomsmen, respectively) and "the realities of the business," Burns's career as a filmmaker stalled; he revived it by returning to his low-cost roots. Now his movies are made for a pittance, he explains, with a small, devoted crew and no compromises. In this memoir, Burns exudes an approachable, everyman charm: it's easy to root for him. Too frequently, however, he covers his career as a filmmaker as if he's writing a self-congratulatory cover letter; the insight into the working life of a director is skimpy, but he provides an excellent lesson on the resilience, promotion, and reinvention required for a film career.

Customer Reviews


Two chapters in and I'm hooked. Ed Burns always gives the insight and inspiration any aspiring filmmaker could use.

Fantastic read

Fantastic book written with a honest approach. - Very entertaining as well. And great author event when it came out feb. 5th in NY. an understatement!

Such a well written find yourself going through every step of the roller coaster ride of the past 20 years. I met Mr. Burns back in Toronto for the showing of "sidewalks"...true gentleman. He was inspiring to me then and to this day I look forward to his films. Thank you for sharing your story with us filmmakers that sometimes need a little motivation to stay on course and see our dreams through.
Tomorrow is Day one for me to get back to chasing down my dream.

Independent Ed
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Jan 29, 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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