Director: Andrew Young
Producer: Tamara Rabil, Susan Todd
Writer: Tamara Rabil
Cinematographer: Andrew Young
Editor: Todd Sandler
Production Designer: Hilary Rosenfeld
Synopsis: Joy is haunted by the memory of a tragic accident she caused when her daughter Callie was an infant. Putting her to bed one night, Joy invents a story about a robin family whose chick falls from the nest. As she listens, Callie senses something darker playing out in her mother’s mind. Her persistent questions push Joy into dangerous territory as the story becomes a dramatic confession. But Callie’s surprising response reveals the power of forgiveness to heal the deepest wounds. Based on a true story, UNBURDEN explores the human need to own up to one’s actions, let go of the guilt and move on.
Saturday September 28th at 11:30 am
Web Site: www.unburdenfilm.com
ANDREW L. YOUNG (Director/Cinematographer), is an acclaimed filmmaker and co-founder of Archipelago Films, a New York based production company. His work has received an Academy Award nomination, two Emmy Awards, six Emmy nominations, and five awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including the “Grand Jury Prize.” UNBURDEN is Young’s debut as a fiction director, after having directed 20 documentaries, including Children of Fate, Cutting Loose, Americanos, The Last Royals, Deadly Messengers, Lives in Hazard, Madagascar: A World Apart, and Glacier Bay: Alaska’s Wild Coast. Young is also an award winning cinematographer who has received the Excellence in Cinematography prize at Sundance three times as well as an Emmy Award and three Emmy nominations for Cinematography, and the Cinematography Prize at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. His work has been exhibited theatrically and on HBO, Cinemax, National Geographic, the BBC and PBS. He is particularly drawn to stories in which the lives of humans intersect with the natural world and is currently developing a feature film based on Jean Craighead George’s Newbury Medal winning novel JULIE OF THE WOLVES.
Tamara Rabil: Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Distributor, Executive Producer, Print Shipper, Publicist, Submission Contact Co-Writer and Executive Producer of UNBURDEN, Tamara Rabil is a mother of three whose life experiences are the catalyst for this film. She recently founded WILD ANGEL FILMS to produce and distribute media focusing on the imperfect journey of parenting. She is a former fashion industry executive who worked at Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Guess? Jeans. An avid golfer, she created TEGNA, an international line of women's golf apparel. Rabil earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA from Columbia University Teachers College. She currently resides with her husband and their children in Armonk, NY. Susan Todd: Producer
SUSAN TODD (Producer), is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker who has collaborated with Andrew Young for the past 25 years, producing and co-directing the majority of the films they have made through their company, Archipelago Films, including Children of Fate, Cutting Loose, Americanos, The Last Royals, Lives in Hazard, Madagascar: A World Apart, and Glacier Bay: Alaska’s Wild Coast. Her filmmaking credits and awards include an Academy Award nomination for Children of Fate, top awards at the Sundance Film Festival including the “Grand Jury Prize” and the “Filmmaker’s Trophy”, and numerous other career honors. Her work has been exhibited theatrically and on HBO, Cinemax, National Geographic, the BBC and PBS. She is currently developing a feature film set in the Arctic based on Jean Craighead George’s Newbery Award-winning young adult novel, JULIE OF THE WOLVES. Recently, Todd directed the International Understanding Through Film Program, a fellowship program for visiting filmmakers at the Jacob Burns Film Center in New York. Billy Shebar: Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Script Supervisor Billy Shebar firstname.lastname@example.org Billy Shebar is a writer, director and producer of independent films and TV programs. He wrote the screenplay for Dark Matter (2007), starring Meryl Streep, Liu Ye, and Aidan Quinn, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and was chosen for Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects series. The New York Times called it “a movie of ideas that does an exemplary job of translating scientific speculation,” and TV Guide called it a “hypnotic, culturally pertinent drama.” Shebar’s previous screenplay, 50 Ways to a Better Memory, won the Grand Prize at the 1998 CineStory Screenwriting Competition, and was read at Nuyorican Poets’ Café’s acclaimed Fifth Night series. Shebar received Emmy nominations for his work on the PBS documentary series Currents and The Eleventh Hour, and has produced episodes of the acclaimed series History Detectives (PBS), The First 48 (A & E), Lockdown (National Geographic), and In the Life (PBS). For the Discovery Channel, Shebar wrote and directed the two-hour special King Tut Unwrapped (2009), and the pilot episode of One Tough Cop (2005), featuring Bo Dietl. He recently served as a story producer on Broadway or Bust, a three-hour primetime documentary series that airs this month on PBS.