Not every director can captivate an audience and portray a raw and honest version of what love is, instead of what others paint it to be. Many, especially, cannot do so on a budget of $9,000.
Filmmakers and writers like that are hard to come by, but in his sixth film to end up showing at the Tribeca Film Festival, actor, writer and director Edward Burns captures the essence of New York, as well as the ups and downs of a relationship, whether it’s a couple who has been married for 18 years or a pair of newlyweds who are still content in the moment.
Newlyweds follows Buzzy (Burns) and Katy (Caitlin Fitzgerald) who have previously been married before and who believe the second time’s the charm. The pair believe that the more time apart they spend, the more they will appreciate their relationship.
However, things take a turn for the worst when Buzzy and Caitlin find their blissful life disrupted by the arrival of his half-sister Linda (Kerry Bishé) and news of Caitlin’s sister Marsha’s (Marsha Dietlein) marriage troubles.
During an intimate screening at Meet NYC last week, Burns discussed what it was like shooting on a budget – the actors wore their own clothes and did their own makeup – and why he chose the documentary style – it just felt more real.
Additionally, the actor shared that he gets his ideas for scripts by talking to people and getting to know them.
Burns also said that he prefers shooting a low-budget film and bringing New York City to life.
As a fan of the film and of his work, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Edited: December 19th, 2011