Burning Annie

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Burning Annie
Directed byVan Flesher
Randy Mack (uncredited)
Produced byRandy Mack
Written byZack Ordynans
Randy Mack (uncredited)
StarringGary Lundy
Sara Downing
Kim Murphy
Brian Klugman
Jay Paulson
Rini Bell
Todd Duffey
Kathleen Rose Perkins
Music byDean Harada
CinematographyStephan Schultze
Edited byRandy Mack
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Lightyear Entertainment
Release date
  • October 9, 2003 (2003-10-09) (Hamptons International Film Festival )
  • February 7, 2007 (2007-02-07) (United States )
  • May 15, 2017 (2017-05-15) (Worldwide)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States

Burning Annie is an American independent comedy film starring Gary Lundy, Sara Downing, Kim Murphy, Brian Klugman, Jay Paulson, Rini Bell, Todd Duffey, and Kathleen Rose Perkins. It is the directorial debut of Van Flesher. The film was produced by Randy Mack of Armak Productions and in 2007 was distributed by Lightyear Entertainment via Warner Bros. In 2017 it was re-distributed by the filmmakers through Sundance Institute's Creative Distribution Initiative.


A dysfunctional romantic comedy about Max, a college student in 1998 who's obsessed with Woody Allen's film Annie Hall. He believes the film holds all the answers to life, including the futility of romance. Just as he begins to suspect the film might actually be ruining his life, he meets Julie, a young woman who might be the modern day equivalent of Annie Hall herself, and goes into a romantic tailspin.



After premiering at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2003, the film spent three years on the film festival circuit, playing as a work-in-progress. It was eventually released by Lightyear Entertainment. Theatrical run began February 7, 2007 at the Two Boots/Pioneer Theater in East Village, Manhattan, New York City. Release on DVD was on March 20, 2007. In 2017 the filmmakers re-acquired the rights to the film and re-released it on HD (high-definition) streaming platforms in dozens of countries, via the Sundance Institute's Creative Distribution Initiative.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

2004 MassBay Film Festival (Worcester, MA.)

  • Won - Best Feature[2]

2004 West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival

  • Won - Best Feature[3]

2004 Strictly Midwestern Movies and Short Hits (SMMASH)

  • Won - Best Director
  • Won - Best Screenplay
  • Won - Best Actor
  • Nominated - Best Supporting Actor
  • Nominated - Best Actress
  • Nominated - Best Feature
  • Nominated - Audience Award[4]

2005 Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (STIFF)

  • Won - Best Debut Feature
  • Won - Best Use of a Donnie Darko Cast Member[5]


  1. ^ "www.moviemaker.com/archives/series/how_they_did_it/burning-annie-found-self-distribution-after-a-decade-of-catastrophes".
  2. ^ https://www.myspace.com/massbayfilmproject
  3. ^ http://landmarkstudio.tripod.com/wvfff/winners.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2010-09-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-09-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)