‘The Burden,’ Co-Produced By The Truman Project/CNP, Awarded Prize

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Short Film ‘The Burden,’ Co-Produced By The Truman Project/CNP, Awarded $40,000 ‘Energy Visions’ Prize from American Clean Skies Foundation

Winning Film Demonstrates National Security Threat Posed By Fossil-Fuel Dependence

Washington, D.C. – Last night, Roger Sorkin, a Truman Project Fellow and a spokesman for the clean energy campaign Operation Free, won the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) Energy Visions prize of $40,000 for his upcoming film, The Burden. Co-produced by the Truman National Security Project’s partner organization, The Center for National Policy, The Burden is the first feature-length documentary to tell the story of how oil dependence threatens national security, and how the U.S. military is uniquely positioned to bolster a clean energy economy that will strengthen our national, economic, and environmental security.

The award, in the Short Films category, was presented on February 28th in a ceremony at Washington, D.C.’s Hotel Monaco. Sorkin and The Burden’s editor, Christopher Seward, will use the $40,000 to continue production on the film, which has already generated significant buzz in the national security and clean energy communities with a phenomenal six-minute sizzle reel.

“The Burden embodies so much of what Truman/CNP and Operation Free stand for,” said Michael Breen, Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project & Center for National Policy and a spokesman for Operation Free. “The veterans of Operation Free 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. We’re thrilled that Roger’s work is getting the attention it deserves, and confident that this award will help him and the Truman Project spread this essential message for America’s security future.”

“I’d like to thank the American Clean Skies Foundation for their support of this film and of America’s energy security,” said Truman Fellow and Operation Free spokesman Roger Sorkin. “This award, with the support of the Truman Project & Center for National Policy, will help amplify The Burden’s essential story.”

Operation Free is a nationwide coalition of veterans and national security experts working to secure America with clean energy.

The American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) encourages outstanding media and technology contributions to advance a vision for America’s energy security.


The Truman National Security Project is a leadership training institute that recruits, trains and positions forward-thinking leaders to advocate for and implement policies that strengthen American security, our nation’s economy, and human rights and democracy at home and around the world.

The Center for National Policy is an independent policy institute that convenes experts, leaders and practitioners to craft policies that strengthen American security, our nation’s economy, and human rights and democracy at home and around the world.