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For his eleventh feature, the heartwarming family drama "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," filmmaker-actor Edwards Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots that defined "The Brothers McMullen," his phenomenally successful debut that netted him the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and made him an instant star on the indie circuit. In "Christmas," Burns heads a large ensemble (stocked mostly with actors he's worked with before, including Connie Britton who made her acting debut in "The Brothers McMullen") as Gerry, a bar owner struggling to reunite his entire family -- estranged father included -- for Christmas dinner. Indiewire sat down with Burns in his native New York to discuss his reasons for taking inspiration from the past, the progress of his in-the-works sequel to "The Brothers McMullen," and whether he'd ever take the plunge and write for TV -- a medium that would no doubt suit him well. [Tribeca »

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