Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
During a trip to Cleveland, OH, in early 2000, theater director Lenny Pinna visited his friend, an aged actor named Ted Burr. After a brief discussion about opera and drama, Burr began opening up about his past, which prompted Pinna to halt the conversation so that he could return to film what he felt was destined to be a highly charged story. After some gentle but insistent nudging, Burr relented, and the end result was Pinna's biographical documentary Letters to Uranus (The Hidden Life of Ted Burr). Picking up the conversation where they left off, Pinna and Burr resumed chit-chatting about possibly collaborating on a new play when the discussion again veered off into the flamboyant actor's colorful past. Starting with his coming to terms with his homosexuality as a young man, Burr proceeded to recall a number of highly influential relationships in his life, leading to an emotionally-charged, unexpectedly intimate evening between two longtime friends. Letters to Uranus (The Hidden Life of Ted Burr) was screened at a handful of film festivals in 2002 and 2003, most notably at the 2003 New York Independent Film and Video Festival.