"This was its U.S. premiere," Burns said afterward at the Port Washington Cinemas, "but more importantly, its Long Island premiere."
The film, about a dysfunctional Irish-American clan celebrating an emotionally fraught holiday, stars Connie Britton, Kerry Bishé and Noah Emmerich; Long Beach native Ed Lauter plays the family's flawed patriarch. Burns, who also stars as the favorite son, Gerry, shot the movie at numerous Long Island locations, including a bar in Lynbrook, a home in Valley Stream's Gibson neighborhood (where Burns grew up) and his sister's house in Rockville Centre. "You'll see T-shirts that are shout-outs to the Island," Burns said. "We went online and made a Rockaways' Playland T-shirt."
Burns later attended a reception at Haute Durvó in Roslyn, where he received the festival's Artist of Distinction award.