NOW SHOWING: "WE'RE GOOD" - a short comedy by matt burns WARNING: explicit language/content
Matt Burns is an independent writer/filmmaker from the Boston area whose work has been critically acclaimed by Ray Carney, a man who is known to be one of the world's experts on American Independent Film. Carney has posted many of Burns' essays on his popular indie website (cassavetes.com) and has recommended his work to readers and fans.
Burns is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication film program where he shot five films on 16mm film. Burns has also made several short films outside BU, 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.
In addition to his filmmaking, Burns is also a prolific video artist. He has made music videos, wedding videos, live concert videos, sports videos, short documentaries, "Mystery-Science-Theater-3000-type videos", and other fun projects. Some of his most popular videos include "Running in Bird Park", "There's Only One November!" (a Fox Sports parody), "Haunted house", "Dance Machine", "Push" (a music video for BUILD A MACHINE), and the "Slumber Party Massacre 3" series.
Burns has written a total of twenty-five screenplays since the end of his time at BU, fifteen of which are feature-length. His short script "Man with a Video Camera" placed as a semi-finalist in the national 'Anything But Hollywood' screenplay contest; his feature script "Watermelon 4032" placed as a quarterfinalist in the national 'Scriptapalooza' screenplay contest; and his feature script "The Woman and the Dragon" ranked within the top twenty-percentile at the International Screenwriter's Expo in Los Angeles.
His scripts have also piqued the interest of major Hollywood agents, managers and producers (such as Richard Gladstein - Reservoir Dogs/Cider House Rules - and Larry Meistrich - Sling Blade), though as of this date Burns has found it difficult to become accepted by 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 and 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!
3/3/15 -- Burns is featured on the webisode series "Writer's Infusion". He reads an excerpt from his 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)
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.