In his freshman year of college, it seems Zurich has everything going for him; he has the respect of his teachers and university administration, the love and devotion of a wonderful girlfriend, and he’s been selected for admission to a prestigious black fraternity on campus. But as Zurich embarks on the Hell Week of pledging his fraternity, the harsh trials of entry into brotherhood begin to test the limits of his self-worth. As the intensifying abuse begins to become untenable, Zurich struggles to honor the fraternity’s code of silence, and the scaffolding of his life outside the frat begins to dismantle.

Gerrard McMurray’s Burning Sands constructs a deeply complex cross section of the fabled fraternity hazing culture and the vicious power of the desire for acceptance. McMurray’s grounded filmmaking builds a textured world populated with an exceptional young cast, resulting in a deeply profound exploration of being a young black man in America.

YEAR 2017

SECTION U.S. Dramatic


RUN TIME 102 min

COMPANY Mandalay Pictures

WEBSITE http://mandalay.com

EMAIL jasonmb@mandalay.com

PHONE (323) 549-4300


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Artist Bio

Gerard McMurray

Gerard McMurray was raised in New Orleans's 7th Ward. Gerard excelled in the arts and earned a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC, where he graduated with a BA in film production. Then he headed west to attend USC’s School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. Gerard was awarded the DGA African-American Student Filmmaker Award for his film Battle Buddy. After graduating from USC, Gerard worked as a producer on Fruitvale Station.