The Burden Trailer Is Now Live!

I am very excited to announce the release of the official trailer for The Burden.  You can watch it here:, and please feel free to forward it far and wide.  

In advance of our public release and official premiere (stay tuned), we've already received an overwhelming response at private screenings at venues like West Point, the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol and elsewhere.  These screenings are helping spread the word and raise the funds we need to continue promoting the film and its strategic advocacy campaign.  

As you are one of The Burden's most ardent supporters, I wanted to make sure you saw our latest press release as we begin our media outreach.  Please take a look below to see what we are up to, and thank you again for your dedication to helping end our fossil fuel dependence as soon as possible.

With deepest gratitude,

Roger Sorkin

Producer/ Director, The Burden



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 Breakthrough Documentary The Burden Launches New Trailer, Wins Over Legislators, Advocates, Military On Energy Innovation, National Security

WASHINGTON DC—October 21, 2014—A standout documentary by Sorkin Productions and Truman National Security Project & Center for National PolicyThe Burden launched its new trailer today in a further step toward inspiring lawmakers, influential advocacy groups, the defense industry, entrepreneurs, and citizens to take immediate and decisive action on clean energy policy and invest in the name of national security.

The film depicts the risks and costs, in money and lives, facing the United States military as a result of its dependence on fossil fuels. Writer-Director Roger Sorkin has unprecedented access to numerous active duty and retired military leaders including Gen. Tony Zinni (USMC – ret.), along with gripping footage and firsthand accounts of the threats the military faces in fueling its vast global operations.

“It’s time for lawmakers to declare who they really stand with – our servicemen and women or the fossil fuel lobby,” said Sorkin. “Our men and women in uniform are crying out for clean energy solutions, but our lawmakers aren’t giving them what they need. The Burden shows how to break this political impasse, save American lives and money, and help the U.S. emerge as the global leader of the 21st century clean energy economy.”

The Burden embodies so much of what the Truman Project and Operation Free stand for,” said Executive Director Mike Breen, who is an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran.Veterans understand that our dependence on fossil fuels puts our troops overseas, and our nation, at risk. That’s why several veterans from our community participated in the film: they’ve lived it. It's time for our policymakers to take action when our military leaders are identifying fossil fuel dependence as among the greatest long-term national security threats our nation faces."

The Burden is a uniquely effective, educational tool for the best and the brightest working to find innovative technological and policy solutions to our dependence on fossil fuels. Screenings at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, West Point, the Pentagon, and with members of Congress bridge the dialogue between top defense, energy, and military leaders and private sector innovators.

"There's a long history of innovation – the internet to GPS – created out of military need, which then crossed over into the civilian sector,” said Fmr. Asst. Sec. of Defense Sharon Burke. “There's a huge potential for the Armed Forces to serve as an innovation pull in energy."

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About Writer/Director Roger Sorkin

Roger is an award-winning filmmaker and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project and Center for National Policy.  Since 2000, his company Sorkin Productions has created films, fundraising videos, and political advertising campaigns for non-profit, academic, government and NGO clients including the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, Center for U.S. Global Engagement, and International Foundation for Electoral Systems among others. Roger holds a master degree in communication from Stanford University’s Documentary Film and Video Program.

Roger serves as a spokesperson for the Truman Project and Center for National Policy’s Operation Free campaign to promote clean energy investment and policy to strengthen national security. His latest independent film, “The Burden”, examines the issue in detail, and has just begun its screening run across the country. The film’s six-minute sizzle reel won first prize at the Energy Visions Awards, and can be seen  His next film on the changing energy and security landscape of the Arctic is currently in pre-production. To contact Roger directly: email or call 202.270.0652

About Truman National Security Project and Center for National Policy

 The Truman National Security Project unites next-generation veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart, and principled solutions to the global challenges Americans now face. Its partner, the Center for National Policy, is an independent policy institute, which brings together leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society to create policies that strengthen American security.

For more information about Truman National Security Project, visit or contact Stephanie Dreyer 202.216.9723


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