Charles Burnett

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Highly acclaimed, award-winning African-American independent filmmaker whose "Killer of Sheep" (made in 1973, first shown 1977) about the emotional and behavioral effects of his job on a Los Angeles slaughter-house ... Read more »
Born: 04/13/1944 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Director (17)

Nat Turner, A Troublesome Property 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Where Others Wavered 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Relative Stranger 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Annihilation of Fish 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wedding 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Glass Shield 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

When It Rains 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

My Brother's Wedding 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

To Sleep With Anger 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

America Becoming (TV Show)

Director

Finding Buck McHenry (TV Show)

Director

Nightjohn (TV Show)

Director

Selma, Lord, Selma (TV Show)

Director
Writer (8)

Nat Turner, A Troublesome Property 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where Others Wavered 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation 2006 (Movie)

("Nujoma: Where Others Wavered") (Screenplay)

The Glass Shield 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Brother's Wedding 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

To Sleep With Anger 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bless Their Little Hearts 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (6)

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Young at Hearts 1993 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

My Brother's Wedding 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Guests of Hotel Astoria 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bless Their Little Hearts 1984 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Bush Mama 1978 (Movie)

(Photography)
Actor (3)

Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Daughters of the Dust 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (3)

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

My Brother's Wedding 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (1)

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Highly acclaimed, award-winning African-American independent filmmaker whose "Killer of Sheep" (made in 1973, first shown 1977) about the emotional and behavioral effects of his job on a Los Angeles slaughter-house worker, won multiple awards and, although it never received commercial release, was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Relationships

Gaye Burnett

Wife
Had two sons together

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1977

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California 1966
(electronics)

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1971

Graduated from high school in 1963

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1977

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1971

Milestones

2007

"Killer of Sheep" was given a belated wide release

2000

Helmed "The Annihilation of Fish," a love story about two mentally unstable people played by Lynn Redgrave and James Earl Jones

1998

Helmed the ABC TV-movie "Oprah Winfrey Presents 'The Wedding'"

1997

Directed the Disney Channel TV-movie "Nightjohn" (received a limited theatrical release)

1990

Won praise for his helming of "To Sleep With Anger"

1977

Directed first feature, "Killer of Sheep"; also wrote, edited and shot; made in 1973, while a graduate student at UCLA

1968

Directing debut, "Several Friends"

Taught film for a year and a half during graduate school

Lectured on independent filmmaking at colleges, film centers and museums

Worked as script reader, synopsis writer for Chasin-Park-Citron Agency

Bonus Trivia

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From UCLA, Burnett received the Louis B. Mayer Award (1977), given to the thesis project that shows the most promise.

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Burnett was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship (1981)

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He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (1985)

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He was honored with a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship ("genius grant") for $275,000 (1988)

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Burnett won a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1988)

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