Posted: 04/25/2010


Ed Burns’ Nice Guy Johnny Premiers At 2010 Tribeca Film Festival


by Chris Wood

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Johnny Rizzo’s (Matt Bush, Adventureland, 2009) a nice guy who has made a promise to his fiancée, Claire (Anna Wood, Royal Pains (TV), 2009), that he would dump his sports-radio show host dream job in Los Angeles and take an average job back in New York for more money. But while spending the weekend leading up to his new job interview at the beach in Long Island with his philandering Uncle Terry (Ed Burns, Sidewalks of New York, 2001) and an attractive tennis instructor named Brooke (Kerry Bishe, Virtuality, 2009), Johnny begins to get second thoughts on giving up the one job that makes him truly happy.

Director, writer and actor Ed Burns’ latest romantic-comedy offering, Nice Guy Johnny, continues to tackle relationships and life decisions with his brand of humorous dialogue and genuine storytelling. The film premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) on Friday, April 23, 2010. In addition to the cast and crew making their way down the red carpet at the premier in downtown New York City, was U2 guitar player, The Edge. TFF co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, as well as TFF jurors Andrew Mccarthy (Weekend At Bernie’s, 1989) and Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, 1999), also walked the red carpet to see the Nice Guy Johnny premier.

“I’ve always tried to hold a mirror up to the world I’m in, the people I know, the experiences that I’ve had, and just tell the stories as honestly, and, you know, a lot of times as humorously, as I can,” Burns said of his storytelling process while being interviewed on the red carpet. “It’s all that I ever wanted to do. Look at my world and reflect it back.”

“The best thing about Ed is his movies always seem to work right around the time of the festival,” Rosenthal commented. “He’s been a huge supporter of Tribeca and we’re a huge supporter of Ed and his films.”

Nice Guy Johnny succeeds at taking on real-life relatable topics with believable banter. One at such career and relationship crossroads will relate to such challenging and life changing decisions. For Johnny, he’s at a double crossroads as his career choices are directly linked to the happiness of his fiancé.

Burns’ is also successful at continuing to put out well made independent films on a shoestring budget, as has been seen since his 1995 freshman low-budget film, The Brothers McMullen. One of the cast members on the red carpet commented on working on an Ed Burns independent film. “Every word of it is true,” she said. “We shot at his parent’s house, like you know, family photos everywhere, and it’s really funny because you’re like, ‘Normal person, normal person…Ed Burns!’”

Burns’ latest film is his fifth to premier at TFF (Ash Wednesday debuted at the 2002 TFF) and has launched it into a new multimedia direction with TFF Virtual, which allows TFF films to be watched online. And Burns has kept ahead of the technological curve before, as his 2007 TFF submission, Purple Violets, was unveiled on iTunes.

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