Thursday, January 18, 2007

About Linda Burns

Producer Linda Burns has been a filmmaker for over 20 years, starting her career on Ann Arbor Community Access Television in 1986. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, Linda moved to Kauai, Hawaii, where she lived in a sweet VW van and pulled seaweed, set net, cast net and dove for lobster and squid to make a living. When the seas turned rough, Linda turned to creating and shooting thirty-minute infomercials for the tourist channel. Before finally settling in Atlanta, Linda worked as an on-air DJ for two years in Key West, Florida.

Once in Atlanta, Linda quickly became immersed in the independent film scene as an assistant director and went on to work on large budget studio pictures and television shows as a production assistant. It didn't take long for her to begin production managing, then producing award winning commercials, music videos and television shows. Her clients include Georgia Pacific, BellSouth, CNN, TBS, Komatsu, ESPN, Logitech, Nickelodeon, VH1, CDC, Cartoon Network, National Geographic, TNT LA's 'Academy Awards Live from the Red Carpet', Snoop Dog, Jermaine Dupree, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, LIVE and Outkast.

Linda continues to work on both narrative and documentary independent shorts and features, and many films have gone on to garner critical acclaim. Her films have been juried and presented with audience awards at festivals around the world.

In 2005, Linda won the Atlanta Film Festival's Southeastern Media Award and was honored with the IMAGE Award for exceptional contribution to independent film and video. She sits on the Advisory Board for Core of Culture, and the Boards of IMAGE Film and Video Center and Dailies at PushPush Theater. She volunteers her time to sit on panels, teach film classes, screen films for the Atlanta Film Festival, and judge short films for the Indo-American Film Festival. She has twice traveled to The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to teach film and consult on the documentation of sacred ancient monastic dance and intends to produce a narrative feature to help raise funds for dance preservation in Bhutan in 2008.

Her indie credits include "Petunia," a 37 minute musical, "Last Goodbye," an ensemble drama feature available on Warner's Home Video, and "Living is Winning: From Cancer to Kona," a documentary currently in production on a tri-athlete competing with leukemia. Linda most recently served as consulting producer on feature film, “The Signal," which is premiering at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. She recently found a fantastic film, “Sacred Sights of the Dali Lama” which she will try to sell while in Park City.

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