“It Had to Be Done” Wins at PUFF

Co-producer Tommy Whalen and I are honored to announce that our short film, IT HAD TO BE DONE, has won First Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s Providence Underground Film Fest.

The film was also an Official Selection in the CineTrofa International Festival of Cinema and Literature in Trofa, Portugal earlier this month. Congratulations to our cast and crew whose hard work and talents have made this project a success!

IT HAD TO BE DONE was produced in conjunction with “THE BIG READ” in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest and was presented in New Bedford by ArtWorks! Partners for the Arts & Community.


James Nee as Edgar
Aaron Manchester as Allan
Beatriz Oliveira as the Mother

Directed and Produced by Don Burton
Written and Produced by Tommy Whalen

Associate Producer, Robert Hughes
Director of Photography, Editor, Sound Design & Music, Don Burton
Production Manager and Assistant Director, Tommy Whalen
Gaffer, Robert Hughes
Grip and B Camera Operator, Jonathan Hughes
Tattoo Artist, Jane Winters
Production Assistant, Hallie Cardoza