Burnt Sienna

A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, "Burnt Sienna" starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league "Bonnie and Clyde," road movie romantics. Writer-helmer Tolan Harber's maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything but a learning experience.

With:
With: Robert Keli, Samantha Pollington, Allen "Woody" Woodwick, Sean Cloninger, Desiree Dennis, Ryan Maroney, Kelly Ann Hanson.

A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, “Burnt Sienna” starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league “Bonnie and Clyde,” road movie romantics. There are glimmers of offbeat humor and talent here, but writer-helmer Tolan Harber’s maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything but a learning experience. Travel beyond regional fests looks unlikely.

When 18-ish Sienna (Samantha Pollington) wakes up on the kitchen floor, she heads straight to the shed, grabs an axe, and delivers a grisly end to the fat evil stepfather who’d hit her for the first (and last) time. High-tailing it outta there, she soon discovers a stowaway in her truck — hapless Thurston (Robert Keli), who’s just robbed a convenience store. She blithely allows him to stay as driving companion, and before you can say Uncle they’re swapping entire life stories. Occasional yoks emerge, though pic suffers from over-length, under-plotting, primitive camerawork, and a stock “tragic” wrap. Keli has a certain shaggy appeal, while Pollington’s adolescent snippiness wearies; soundtrack by obscure indie bands boasts some notably bad acoustic songs.

Burnt Sienna

Production: An Amethyst production. Produced by Tolan Harber. Co-producers, Robert Keli, Samantha Pollington. Directed, written by Tolan Harber.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Frank McGowan; editors, Harber, Sean Cloninger. Reviewed at Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct. 5, 2003. Running time: 99 MIN.

With: With: Robert Keli, Samantha Pollington, Allen "Woody" Woodwick, Sean Cloninger, Desiree Dennis, Ryan Maroney, Kelly Ann Hanson.

More Film

  • Alison Brie SAG Awards

    Alison Brie Responds to Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Brother-in-Law James Franco

    A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, “Burnt Sienna” starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league “Bonnie and Clyde,” road movie romantics. There are glimmers of offbeat humor and talent here, but writer-helmer Tolan Harber’s maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything […]

  • SAG Awards Winners List

    SAG Awards Winners: Complete List (Updating)

    A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, “Burnt Sienna” starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league “Bonnie and Clyde,” road movie romantics. There are glimmers of offbeat humor and talent here, but writer-helmer Tolan Harber’s maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything […]

  • Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker Says 'Black Panther' Is 'Something That Hasn't Been Seen Before' (EXCLUSIVE)

    A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, “Burnt Sienna” starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league “Bonnie and Clyde,” road movie romantics. There are glimmers of offbeat humor and talent here, but writer-helmer Tolan Harber’s maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything […]

  • Fred Rogers appears in Won't You

    Sundance Film Review: 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'

    A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, “Burnt Sienna” starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league “Bonnie and Clyde,” road movie romantics. There are glimmers of offbeat humor and talent here, but writer-helmer Tolan Harber’s maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything […]

  • 'Piercing' Review

    Sundance Film Review: 'Piercing'

    A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, “Burnt Sienna” starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league “Bonnie and Clyde,” road movie romantics. There are glimmers of offbeat humor and talent here, but writer-helmer Tolan Harber’s maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything […]

  • Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for

    Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for 'Colette' (EXCLUSIVE)

    A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, “Burnt Sienna” starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league “Bonnie and Clyde,” road movie romantics. There are glimmers of offbeat humor and talent here, but writer-helmer Tolan Harber’s maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything […]

  • 'Hangover' Producer Scott Budnick Forms Good

    'Hangover' Producer Scott Budnick Forms Good Films, Endeavor is Lead Investor (EXCLUSIVE)

    A no-budget DV feature from the snowdrifts of deepest Montana, “Burnt Sienna” starts out as a bad-taste black comedy before heading into more routine bush-league “Bonnie and Clyde,” road movie romantics. There are glimmers of offbeat humor and talent here, but writer-helmer Tolan Harber’s maiden feature is too rough and uneventful to serve as anything […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content