February 28th 2020 sees the release of Sundance Audience Award winner Burden. The project stars Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Usher and Tom Wilkinson and pairs them with writer-director Andrew Heckler on his debut feature.
“Based on the inspiring true story of the bridging of one of the biggest racial divides imaginable. Mike Burden, a rising leader in Ku Klux Klan, attempts to break away from the Klan when the girl he falls in love with urges him to leave for the better life they can build together. When the Klan seeks Mike out for vengeance, an African American Reverend takes in Mike, his girlfriend and her son, protecting them, and accepting them into their community. Together, Burden and Kennedy fight to overcome the Klan’s efforts.”Official Synopsis
Whilst part of us does wonder if Burden is approaching this tale a little heavy handed (we hope Green Book comparisons don’t appear), it does look like an affecting piece. Hedlund is always terrific and this looks set to assert Whitaker as an awards contender again.