Writer/Director/Producer : Michael David Lynch
From his modest beginnings as a film projectionist in his hometown of Ann Arbor Michigan, to his award-winning work in Los Angeles; Michael Lynch has recently been exploding onto the film world. Like every child of the 1980's, Mike has been inspired by films such as Star Wars and Superman and now as filmmaker one can find his inspirations translate into his films.
Michael Lynch attended film school at Columbia College of Chicago where the institution's eclectic, urban environment inspired the creation of Burden. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, CA with his long-time girlfriend Kristine Gregg. In 2008 Mike's cinematic work took him into political activism as Producer/Cinematographer of seven Barack Obama shorts for the Inspiration of "Barack: Yes We Can" film series, which have been screened nationwide to enormous acclaim and have been made available through iTunes. In October of 2008 "Help Wanted" won Best Narrative at the Elevate Film Festival where he performed the roles of Producer/Cinematographer.
BURDEN had it's world premiere July 25th 2009 in front of 2 sold out crowds which was the first time a film sold out 2 shows in the AOF festival history. BURDEN has won 4 awards in 3 countries and continues to tour the world. Michael has recently accomplished producing a short entitled "Swerve" starring Shiloh Fernandez, Juno Temple, and Noah Segan. "Swerve" was in the first block to sell out at the Palm Springs Int'l Shortfest 2010. DROP: My life downhill is a feature documentary that Lynch is a producer on currently nominated for 3 awards at AOF 2010 and meanwhile in his latest efforts Michael is in development of his feature adaptation off his award winning short "Burden" and producing Brendan G. Murphy's first feature film "Fallen From Grace" with Shiloh Fernandez attached to be the lead.
BURDEN has won 4 awards in 3 countries:
- WON BEST VFX SHORT at the Action On Film International Film Festival 2009.
- WON BEST FILM USA (Under 10 Minutes) at The International Film Festival of Ireland
- WON STAFF PICK AWARD at the Dragon*Con Film Festival in September of 2009.
- WON BEST VISUAL EFFECTS FILM at the Fantastic Planet Sydney Sci Fi and Fantasy
I have always enjoyed movies that provoke the imagination. I adored going to the cinema as a child and submerging myself in an experience that was adventurous, exciting and fresh. With Burden, I wanted to recreate those escapist fantasizes of my youth for future generations. To create a living, breathing, world that wasn't restricted by my limitations as young filmmaker and accomplish what my peers were telling me was impossible.
My initial inspiration for Burden came when I first arrived in Chicago and I saw the Financial District's Board of Trade building. I was awestruck by its beauty and prominence, but it would take years until Burden would become a reality. Creating a film is like giving birth, but often the filmmaking process takes far longer than nine months. By the end of production we had utilized nearly 500 extras, 80 visual effect shots, a live orchestral recording of the score and with the dedicated cooperation of the Chicago Film Office, shut down four downtown blocks.Burden was a project where I was able to fulfill my dream of creating a comic book universe of my own. It took years longer to complete than I had ever anticipated when I went into development. I am thrilled at what my dedicated crew and I have accomplished, and am humbled by legendary voice actor Peter Cullen's contribution to this work. Burden is a film meant to inspire, excite and transport, and if I bring a smile to just one person in the audience, I will have accomplished all my goals.