IndieWire: Watch Award-Winning Writer-Director Ed Burns Shares Filmmaking Tips in Exclusive Video

Ed Burns

Ed Burns

By Paula Bernstein | IndieWire

In this exclusive video, produced by Stony Brook University in partnership with Indiewire, Burns talks shifting distribution models, social media marketing and directing actors.

It's been a big year for Killer Films, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Recently, Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon (known for the Academy Award-winning films "Boys Don't Cry," and "Still Alice") was appointed Graduate Director for the new Master of Fine Arts in Film program at Stony Brook University. Vachon will also be a keynote speaker at SXSW 2015.

The scholarship application deadline for the MFA program is March 15, 2015. Visit the program's website for further details.

Three students from Stony Brook's MFA in Film program were credited participants in the feature film "Still Alice," produced by Killer Films, which just earned the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Julianne Moore, who also won the Best Actress in a Drama Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award and Independent Spirit Award.

In the video below, guest speaker Ed Burns chats with Vachon and Stony Brook faculty member Pamela Koffler at Stony Brook Southampton.