Carry That Weight: A Rockumentary
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:55PM-10:05PM
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Director: Brian J. Leittenbr> Category: Documentary Short
Runtime: 9
Place of Origin: Miami Beach, FL
Shooting Locations: Miami Beach, FL

Synopsis: (Documentary) This is the story of one man, his perseverance in the face of adversity and the lives he changed through music. Doug Burris had dreams of rock n roll stardom. At the age of 23 years old his world was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Through the turbulent years of coming to terms with the debilitating effects of the disease he found purpose in his life through music education. He founded the first ever high school rock band and the second oldest high school sound engineering program in the country. Even though MS ravaged his body, leaving him a quadriplegic for most of his career, Mr. Burris lived life on HIS terms, realizing his dreams through the accomplishments of his students, whose lives he changed through music, and with guidance, friendship and an occasional swift kick in the ass.

Cast: Doug Burris

Crew: Writer: Producers: Brian J. Leitten, Rodolfo Troncoso, Jude Leitten, Mackenzie Houston, Josh Senior; Cinematographer: Eduardo Belaval, Editor: Carlos Perez, Senior Post

Production Background & Fun Facts: 2 of our crew and the entire soundtrack is music from former students of Mr. Burris.

Festivals & Accolades: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Key West Film Festival, Hamilton Music & Film Festival, Lake Charles Film & Music Festival

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