The Burden (2008)
15 min 43 sec | Short | Drama
Single mother Gail does the best she can, working sixty hours a week to pay the rent and provide for her sixteen-year-old daughter Jordan. When Jordan tells her that her best friend is pregnant and about to get kicked out of her home, Gail finds herself struggling with a difficult choice. Should she take the pregnant teen in and support her, even though she can barely keep her own child fed? How much responsibility can she be expected to take for a troubled teen that isn’t her own?
Different Kinds star and TMDFilms alum Gina Di Tullio stars in the dramatic short film The Burden, which was shot in July 2008 and premiered at the 2009 Castle Rock Film Festival. The story of a woman’s struggle with the decision of whether to help a pregnant teen in need also stars Ashley Henkle (ER Experience, To Die Is Hard) as Gina’s daughter, with supporting appearances by Kasha Fauscett (Self Portrait) and Bethany Schatz.
The film premiered at the 2009 Castle Rock Film Festival and was also screened at “A Night With TMDFilms” and the 2009 Denver Underground Film Festival, where it received an Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Short Film.