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      Burden

      Released May 5, 2017 1 hr. 28 min. Documentary TRAILER for Burden: Trailer 1 List
      97% 36 Reviews Tomatometer 88% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Illustrated with performances, private videos, and recollections from those who knew him, we observe the life of the always provocative artist Chris Burden, whose work consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art, from his notorious performances in the 1970s to his later assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures, and scientific models. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 08 Buy Now

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      Burden is no groundbreaker, but its straightforward approach allows the eccentric artists' work to speak for itself, warts and all.

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      Audience Member Caught this at the Traverse City Film Festival last week. Very good film. Pacing was a bit slow, leading to the film being longer than it needed to be, but I greatly enjoyed it nonetheless. Had this been pure fiction, I'm not sure I would've accepted the story as viable given our current political climate, but being based on the life experience of Michael Burden changes that. I have no doubts Michael didn't make a 180 degree miraculous change because he fell in love and was befriended by an African-American preacher, as was presented in the film, but clearly a change for the good happened and things like that need to be celebrated these days more than ever. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Just saw this wonderful film at the Traverse City Film Festival. I am especially inspired that it is based on a true story. This story filled me with hope, that love will always triumph over hate. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Presented as the closing film for the 2018 Traverse City Film Festival. Standing ovation and well-received by the audience. Given that this film has been in the works for about 20 years, and given today's climate, this is a film worth seeing and discussing. I found it powerful, gripping, and excellent acting. The four in our group would definitely watch it again and highly recommend it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member An incredible story of transformation from hatred to love is based on a true story, which took place in 1996 in Laurens, SC. Excellent play by actors in leading and supporting roles makes it so real. Absolutely recommend! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Of all the films I saw at Sundance this year, this one stuck with me the most. It's a redemption story in the truest form with performances from Garrett Hedlund and Forest Whitaker that are sure to get them awards talk next season. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Incredible film. The characters, who are complex and yet very relatable find themselves on a collision course with high stakes that are real and believable. This film should be seen by anyone who needs a hopeful reminder that we are all more human than not. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jo Livingstone The New Republic Burden does a sterling job. May 22, 2017 Full Review Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times The filmmakers are concerned more with career trajectory than personal history, and though they don't sugarcoat the bouts of troubling behavior, their affection for Burden is evident. May 11, 2017 Full Review J. R. Jones Chicago Reader This engrossing documentary profile of Los Angeles artist Chris Burden, who died in 2015, focuses mainly on his notorious performance pieces. May 11, 2017 Full Review Stephen Saito Moveable Fest Even those who might not understand the enigmatic figure at first will be fascinated, but for those who appreciated his daring, a deeply rewarding portrait awaits. Nov 1, 2018 Full Review Sean Mulvihill FanboyNation.com Burden pays homage to an unusual artist and his unusual art that is both willing to be critical and analytical of its subject. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 31, 2018 Full Review Morgan Rojas Cinemacy In this compelling portrait, filmmakers Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan delve deep into the artist's past for a glimpse into the eclectic and eccentric life of Chris Burden. Aug 6, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Illustrated with performances, private videos, and recollections from those who knew him, we observe the life of the always provocative artist Chris Burden, whose work consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art, from his notorious performances in the 1970s to his later assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures, and scientific models.
      Director
      Timothy Marrinan, Richard Dewey
      Executive Producer
      Simone Haggiag, Stanley F. Buchthal, Maja Hoffmann, Anna Godas, Jakob Abrahamsson
      Distributor
      Magnolia Pictures
      Production Co
      Magnolia Pictures
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 5, 2017, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 5, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $18.0K
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