Ed Burns still making films on a dime

Ed Burns still making films on a dime

BOSTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Independent filmmaker Ed Burns is in Boston this weekend to screen his latest offering, "Nice Guy Johnny."

'Wire' co-creator happy with calm home

MARTINSBURG, W.Va., July 6 (UPI) -- Ed Burns, who helped create the gritty, violent TV series "The Wire," says he is very content with his new rural home in Martinsburg, W.Va.

iTunes offers direct-to-download movie

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Apple's first direct-to-download movie release will be available through the online iTunes Store later this month.

Ritchie to direct his 'Gamekeeper'

HOLLYWOOD, July 26 (UPI) -- Guy Ritchie plans to direct the Hollywood film version of his Virgin Comics series "The Gamekeeper," the first of the series to be developed as a feature.

Spielberg expands Fox TV ties

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood movie director Steven Spielberg is leading a pair of U.S. development projects linked to the Fox television network.

Ed Burns relishing new fatherhood role

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Hollywood director Ed Burns says his new fatherhood role is "the best thing ever" and has already begun exposing his children to the world of cinema.
Ed Burns
Cast members (left to right): Matthew Lillard, Donal Logue, Ed Burns and Heather Burns arrive at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of their new movie "The Groomsmen" at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on April 29, 2006. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Ed Burns is a television writer. He usually works with his writing partner David Simon. They have collaborated on The Corner and The Wire. Burns is a former Baltimore police detective and a public school teacher and often draws upon this experience for his writing.

Burns has said that he stumbled into teaching with little preparation because of the intense demand for teachers in inner-city schools. Burns taught seventh grade. Psychologically, he compared the experience of teaching to Vietnam. He found the experience profoundly challenging because of the emotional damage that the vast majority of his students had already experienced before reaching the classroom. He saw his primary role as instilling caring behavior in his pupils. He felt his major impact was in giving the children an example of an "adult who's consistent, who's always there, who always comes through with what he said, then that's a new world for them."

In 1995, he co-authored, with Simon, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, the true account of a West Baltimore community dominated by a heavy drug market. Simon credits his editor John Sterling with the suggestion that he observe a single drug corner. It was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. An adaptation of the book, also called The Corner, was produced as a six-hour TV miniseries for HBO. The show received three Emmy Awards.

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