Nebraska News Desk


May 09
02:38 2019

A painter’s life is forever changed when a mythical and deadly spirit from Celtic lore becomes both his muse and lover.

Dallas, TX – May 8, 2018 – “Texans Return Home to Premiere Psychological Thriller ‘MUSE’,” headlines Dallas City Paper.

Art history has been rich in horror since the beginning of time. Paintings can have a powerful influence, acting as windows into the soul and mind of the artist. But unlike humans, paintings cannot die, as their timeliness exists for centuries to come. Latest from Writer-Director John Burr (Boots, The Last Kill) is the artistic slow burn, MUSE, a twisted, haunted fairytale based on an Irish legend that explores the thin line between passion and obsession. Receiving 13 award wins, MUSE showcases how inspiration can be downfall of any great artist.

“John Burr’s mainstream feature directorial debut MUSE – a critically-acclaimed psychological thriller that has played at 27 film festivals around the world, collecting awards for best feature, best screenplay, and audience choice, among other accolades, is coming to Dallas,” wrote Mind on Movies.

MUSE will exclusively screen for one night at the Angelika Film Center & Café in Dallas, TX on Thursday, May 9 at 7:45 PM, following with a Q&A with John Burr and producer, Josh Mills.

A journey of artistic self-discovery, Adam (Riley Egan, All I Ever Wanted) is a broke and struggling painter longing to find artistic success and inspiration. Through a series of events, Adam stumbles upon a glimmering woman who quickly vanishing in the woods. Unable to shake her mysterious allure, Adam’s artistic creativity is ignited. The canvas becomes a visual window into Adam’s heart and mind, as dark shadows begin to fill the white background that is embody the woman.

Suddenly, standing before him, is his muse – a mystical and deadly spirit creature, the Leannán Sí (Elle Evans, The Love Witch), based upon the Gaelic legend of a mythical Celtic. The beautiful, yet silent Leannán Sí unleashes Adam’s artistic inspiration, as his career finally begins to skyrocket, capturing the eye of gallery owner, Valerie (Jennie Fahn, Black Christmas), and facing the town’s rival artist, Jason (Lou Ferringo Jr., Teen Wolf). Simultaneously, a torrid love affair blossoms as Adam realizes the intensity of her unwavering dedication to protect him. Willing to love and inspire Adam unconditionally, the Leannán Sí will also go lengths to destroy anything that threatens their relationship. Deadly and destructive, the Leannán Sí strikes Adam’s life and artistic career with violent madness, forcing him to choose between his morality or his muse – his artistic success and inspiration.

MUSE will exclusively screen for one night in Dallas, TX at the Angelika Film Center & Café (5321 E. Mockingbird Ln. Suite 230) in Dallas on Thursday, May 9th at 7:45 PM. There will be a Q&A after with crew, John Burr and Josh Mills. For press passes and inquiries, please contact [email protected] 

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The unseen star of this MUSE was Jennifer Lauren Friedman, the artist behind Adam’s paintings. Noting composer, Alexander Rudd (Unknown) and fantastic longtime editors, Ed Marx (Jeepers Creepers, Frozen) and Jeff Murphy (Justice), MUSE features Emmy-winner, Kate Mansi (Days of Our Lives, How I Met Your Mother) and Phil Abrams (Insidious: Chapter 3).

MUSE (2018, 95 min.) Directed and written by John Burr. Produced by: Josh Mills, TJ Amato, Austin Sepulveda, Michael Smiy, Dan Amato. Editor: Ed Marx, Jeff Murphy. Cinematographer: Damian Horan. Original Music: Alexander Rudd. USA, English.  Desert Wind Films, Watchmakers Entertainment, Manhattan Company Entertainment, DarkCoast.

Produced by: Desert Wind Films, Watchmakers Entertainment, Manhattan Company Entertainment.

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