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MATT BURNS is an independent writer/filmmaker from the Boston area whose work has been critically acclaimed by Ray Carney (Cassavetes on Cassavetes), a man who is known to be one of the world's experts on American Independent Film.


FILMS

Burns is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Boston University College of Communication film program where he shot several films on 16mm film. Since graduating from BU in 2004, Burns has completed about a dozen more short films, all of which have received much praise for their unique style and sense of humor, as well as their profundity.

You can view "The Second Beast", "We're Good", "So Sorry" and more of Burns' films by clicking the "Films and Videos" tab on the right menu. His 30-minute paranormal documentary "A Parallel World" is available for viewing there as well.


VIDEOS

In addition to his filmmaking, Burns is also a prolific videographer and editor. He has shot and edited over 20 ninety-minute wedding videos to date and has produced corporate videos for companies like PetEdge, Mass General Hospital and McGaunn & Schwadron CPA's, LLC (an accounting firm based in Needham, MA.). He has also independently produced music videos, live concert videos, short documentaries and even fun "Mystery-Science-Theater-3000"-type-videos. See some of these videos by clicking on the "Films and Videos" tab on the right menu.


WRITING

Burns has written more than two dozen screenplays since the end of his time at BU, 15 of which are feature-length. His scripts have placed as finalists in major International screenwriting contests, including "Scriptapalooza", Stage 32's "Hunt for New Blood" and the Los Angeles "Screenwriting Expo" contests.

His scripts have also piqued the interest of major Hollywood production companies like Bold Films, New Regency, Disney, Film Colony and Oscar-winning producer Larry Meistrich's (Sling Blade/You Can Count on Me) NEHST Studios. Despite all the interest, Burns' unique material has still had trouble being accepted in Hollywood.

Aside from his screenwriting, Burns has written five novels, two memoirs, countless short fiction and non-fiction stories, dozens of essays and hundreds of poems. His poetry has been published in Los Angeles-based "Poetic Diversity" literary magazine. Also, the first 30 pages of each novel he's written are currently available to read online (click the 'Novels' tab on the right menu).


CURRENT PROJECTS/NEWS

** Burns is currently trying to get a couple of his projects to actor/producer Johnny Depp. Although he has experienced great difficulty in contacting Mr. Depp, he is adamant about getting through to him. If you are Johnny Depp or know Johnny Depp or are a distant fifth cousin of Johnny Depp, Burns would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!

4/29/15 -- Burns is a guest critiquer on the latest webisode of "Writer's Infusion". Watch the episode HERE.

3/3/15 -- Burns is featured on the webisode series "Writer's Infusion". He reads an excerpt from his Hollywood novel BLOWTORTURE and is critiqued by a panel of judges, American-Idol-style. Watch the webisode HERE.

12/31/14 -- Burns has started a new blog "The Burnzo Papers" where he provides a unique perspective on the world's current events. Check it out HERE.

12/25/14 -- Burns' short story "The Toilet-Paper People" has won first place in "The Healing Moon" holiday writing contest. You can read the story HERE.

10/2/14 -- Burns' horror screenplay BLOWTORTURE makes it as a quarterfinalist in Stage 32's "Hunt for New Blood" screenwriting contest. Read about this HERE.

4/18/14 -- Burns has some writing published in the prestigious "Poetic Diversity" literary 'zine' of Los Angeles. Click HERE to read.

3/7/14 -- Some of Burns' writing is due to be published in the April issue of Los Angeles-based "Poetic Diversity" literary magazine.

12/23/13 -- Burns finishes a first draft of the novel version of BLOWTORTURE. This is his fifth novel. Read the first 30 pages by clicking on the 'novels' tab to the right side of the page.

12/3/13 -- Burns' screenplay BLOWTORTURE is a quarterfinalist in The Happy Writers screenplay contest, out of 953 entries.

6/21/13 -- Burns finishes his newest novel SUPERMARKET ZOMBIES. Read the first 30 pages by clicking on the 'novels' tab on the right menu.

3/3/13 -- Burns pitches a project to an agent at United Talent Agency. The pitch is successful, resulting in a script request.

2/6/13 -- Burns finishes a first draft of his fourth novel SUPERMARKET ZOMBIES!

2/2/13 -- Burns pitches a project to Disney. The pitch is successful, resulting in a script request and a second meeting with the executive.

11/29/12 -- Burns appears as a featured guest on Paramania Radio's "Paranormally Correct" with hosts Chad Mckenzie and Sara Spencer. Listen to some of the show HERE.

10/14/12 -- Burns pitches his screenplay REEL MONSTER to New Regency (MR. AND MRS. SMITH, FALLING DOWN). They like the pitch and want to read the script.

9/9/12 -- Burns pitches his screenplay JOHNNY CRUISE to Bold Films (DRIVE, LEGION). They like the pitch and want to read the script.

5/16/12 -- Burns completes his newest short film WE'RE GOOD, a dark comedy. A man spends the days following a one-night stand in a kind of psychological hell, fearing that the sex may not have been the safest it could have. Watch it at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NswU-nBZ8ZE

4/22/12 -- Burns completes his newest novel entitled REEL MONSTER. Read the first 50 pages at the following link: REEL MONSTER (the novel)

1/30/12 -- Burns completes his newest short film, a comedy called SO SORRY. Watch it at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fMjdAGQIOA

11/15/11 -- Burns posts a new blog/video documentary entitled "Crossing Over", where he witnesses a group of mediums cross the spirit of a recently-deceased grandmother over to the 'other side'. Read/view the story HERE.

9/23/11 -- Burns completes a new short story entitled THE SERIAL DUMPER, a comedic story about an insecure man on a first date. Read the story by clicking HERE.

9/8/11 -- Burns completes his new screenplay, a philosophical horror movie called BLOWTORTURE. Read the first 30 pages here: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2011/09/blowtorture-my-new-screenplay.html

8/16/11 -- Burns completes a new short story entitled LIFE HAS A WAY, a dark tale set in Las Vegas. Read the story at the following link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2011/08/lifehas-way-my-new-short-story.html

6/17/11 -- Burns completes a new screenplay entitled SUPERMARKET ZOMBIES!!! Read the first 30 pages here: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2011/06/supermarket-zombies.html

4/16/11 -- Burns discovers he had a total of 32 past lives. He was a soldier in some of them and murdered in others. Read the entire story here: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2011/04/thirty-two-lives-clearing-my-past-life.html

3/20/11 -- Another update to Burns' alleged past life as actress Carole Lombard in Hollywood: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-past-life-in-hollywood-update-2.html

3/7/11 -- Burns discovers further proof that he had a past life as actress Carole Lombard in Hollywood. Read all about it at the following link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-past-life-in-hollywood-update.html

1/26/11 -- Burns completes another feature-length screenplay entitled THE WOMAN AND THE DRAGON. Read the first 30 pages at the following link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2011/01/woman-and-dragon.html

1/17/11 -- Burns completes another feature-length screenplay, a teen adventure comedy entitled WEIRD SCIENCE MEETS LAST ACTION HERO. Read the first 30 pages here: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2011/01/weird-science-meets-last-action-hero.html

1/8/11 -- Burns completes the screenplay adaptation for his novel JOHNNY CRUISE.

12/8/10 -- Burns has discovered - through regression therapy - that he was an actress in Hollywood during a recent past life. And there is very strong evidence to suggest that he was CAROLE LOMBARD. Read about the discovery at the following link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/11/being-carole-lombard-my-past-life-in.html

10/4/10 -- Burns is regressed to his most recent past life by regression therapist Donna Ciaciarella. Through the regression, he is forced to come to terms with a traumatic role he played during the Holocaust. Read the entire story at the following link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/10/reliving-nightmare-my-past-life.html

8/29/10 -- Burns posts an excerpt from his second novel O TERRIBLE! Read it at the following link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/08/o-terrible-excerpt.html

8/29/10 -- Burns posts an excerpt from his novel JOHNNY CRUISE. Read it at the following link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/08/johnny-cruise-excerpt.html

8/6/10 -- Burns finishes a first draft of his new novella O TERRIBLE!

8/4/10 -- After consulting with a medium, Burns discovers that great American novelist Henry James is "with him" as a spirit guide. Read all about this discovery at the following link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/06/meeting-henry-james.html

7/21/10 -- Burns completes his first video promo for Zanies Dog Toys. Click this link to view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84hx0AyzPCc

6/3/10 -- World-renown film/art critic Ray Carney (cassavetes.com) gives Burns a stellar review for his performance in "King of Hearts":
Ray Carney Review

6/3/10 -- After consulting with a medium, Burns discovers that the spirits of Hunter S. Thompson and Nathanael West are "with him" as spirit guides. Click on this link to read about the amazing discovery: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/05/meeting-hunter-s-thompson-and-nathanael.html

5/17/10 -- Newspaper Photo Spread for "King of Hearts":
Wicked Local

5/17/10 -- Another positive review for "King of Hearts": Theatre Mirror

5/17/10 -- Critics are calling Burns' performance in KING OF HEARTS "Brilliant", "Outstanding" and "Remarkable":
'King of Hearts' shows light amidst war's ruins

5/7/10 -- "King of Hearts" opens at the Walpole Footlighters Theater and runs through May 23rd. This is Burns' first stage role in ten years. He plays a lunatic mute named Demosthenes.

3/29/10 -- After consulting with another medium, Burns discovers two more of his spirit guides: silent movie icons Lillian Gish and D.W Griffith. Read about this discovery here: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/03/meeting-lillian-gish-and-dw-griffith.html

1/28/10 -- After visiting a medium, Burns discovers that two of his "spirit guides" are John Cassavetes and Alfred Hitchcock, among others. Read all about it at this link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/2010/01/meeting-my-guides.html

1/13/10 -- Burns releases new footage of himself playing percussion with BUILD A MACHINE at the "British Beer Company" in Norwood, MA. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfd6hqQ_pBg

12/12/09 -- Burns lands role in Walpole Footlighter's production of "The King of Hearts". He plays the role of a lunatic mute named Demosthenes. Show goes up in May.

11/25/09 -- Burns has completed his first novel, entitled JOHNNY CRUISE, and is now in search of a literary agent...or, even better, a publisher.

10/18/09 -- Burns' Youtube channel has reached an audience of 200,000 people. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/m2burns

10/8/09 -- Burns' "reality TV" script REGRESSED is circulating networks in Holland, some of which are showing interest.

9/7/09 -- Burns is close to completing the first draft of his first novel entitled JOHNNY CRUISE.

7/4/09 -- Burns launches new blog named "The Natty Ice Diaries". Follow it at this link: http://thenattyicediaries.blogspot.com/

6/6/09 -- Painting Entertainment in Los Angeles is in talks about producing two of Burns' short comedy scripts - "So Sorry" and "Pure Sextacy"

5/30/09 -- Pilgrim Films contacts Burns because they are interested in casting him in the Sci-Fi channel's "Ghost Hunters Academy".

5/7/09 -- Burns completes a thirty-minute documentary entitled "A Parallel World" where he investigates a house alleged to be haunted and communicates with an entity. Go to his films page to watch it.



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