Writer/director Andrew Heckler, producer Robbie Brenner, and stars Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Crystal R. Fox, and Usher Raymond stopped by the Variety Studio presented by AT&T to talk about their new film, “Burden.”

The drama, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, stars Hedlund as a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. After falling in love with a single mother, Hedlund breaks from the KKK and is taken in by a reverend (Whitaker), who offers him a shot at redemption.

“Every character specifically has a journey of their own, and for me, I’m always looking for pieces that have depth, meat,” said Raymond. “When you look at these characters, do you find something significant in yourself as the viewer that can help you begin that journey or either conclude that journey if you’ve already been on it? And hopefully, it sparks a lot of conversation about who we are and what we need to do to love more.”