One-on-One with ‘Burden’ Writer & Director Andrew Heckler

If you aren’t familiar with filmmaker Andrew Heckler, you’re about to be. His first feature film, Burden, hits theaters on February 28, 2020.

The film tells a true life story of a Michael Burden, a KKK member whose relationship with a single mother and an old friend forces him to reflect on his beliefs. The film has an all-star cast lead by Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, Usher and Forest Whitaker.

I had a chance to sit down with Andrew and speak about the movie and how he was introduced to this story. Check out this informative interview.


Andrew was great. Very bright individual with a great knack for speaking eloquently and engagingly. It was like he was telling a story and I was just engaged in hearing him speak about his experiences with the movie.

I was shocked to hear that he started writing this movie in 1998. What a tremendous and long journey he’s had with it. That’s over 20 years in the making. Unbelievable.

What came through in watching the movie and then hearing Andrew speak about it was how authentic and raw it felt. He literally didn’t just read an article and come up with a script. Andrew was there on site, speaking with the real people this movie is based on. The face-to-face connection he’s had with the real individuals and seeing it all for himself translated very well to what we get in the movie.

I found Andrew to be a very fun person to talk to with a great personality. Awesome guy. Very talented filmmaker. I highly encourage you to see the film.

‘BURDEN’ opens in Theaters on February 28, 2020

*Apologies for the audio issues.

Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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