September 21, 2009
“The Burden” Named Runner Up
Imagine writing, shooting, editing and scoring a film in just 48 hours, and then having it judged as part of a national competition. Mint Films, a team consisting largely of USM alumni, did just that and had their production, “The Burden,” named runner up for best film in The 48 Hour Film Project. The winning films were selected from some 40 entries and announced earlier this month. “The Burden” was just posted on YouTube at
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“The Burden,” a horror film, stars USM alumni Mary Casas, Meghan Benton, Erik Moody, and USM Professor Bill Steele. It was written by Ian Carlsen, a USM alumnus, and Andrew Sawyer and produced by alumnus Parker Newton. USM alumnus Jeff Griecci directed. The film also won awards for best actress (Casas) and best sound design.
MINT films has produced a handful of shorts to earn first place recognition from festivals like The Cape Cod Student Film Festival, the Carolina Film and Video Festival at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and honorable mention at The Maine International Film Festival.
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