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Born: April 13, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, director of photography, film editor, producer

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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.

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.

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  Finding Buck McHenry (2000) Director
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  Selma, Lord, Selma (1999) Director
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  When It Rains (1995) Director
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  Glass Shield, The (1994) Director
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  America Becoming (1991) Director
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  To Sleep With Anger (1990) Director

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1969:
Directing debut, "Several Friends"
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Taught film for a year and a half during graduate school
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Worked as script reader, synopsis writer for Chasin-Park-Citron Agency
1977:
Directed first feature, "Killer of Sheep"; also wrote, edited and shot; made in 1973, while a graduate student at UCLA
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Lectured on independent filmmaking at colleges, film centers and museums
1990:
Won praise for his helming of "To Sleep With Anger"
1997:
Directed the Disney Channel TV-movie "Nightjohn" (received a limited theatrical release)
1998:
Helmed the ABC TV-movie "Oprah Winfrey Presents 'The Wedding'"
2000:
Helmed "The Annihilation of Fish," a love story about two mentally unstable people played by Lynn Redgrave and James Earl Jones
2007:
"Killer of Sheep" was given a belated wide release
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Education

Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California - 1966
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1971
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1971
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1977
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1977

Notes

"It's a frustrating life. Anyone who has been in this business for as long a time should have been making more movies. It shouldn't have to be a struggle." When it is mentioned that Stanley Kubrick put out a film only once every few years, Burnett sighs. "But that was his choice. If I had a choice, I'd be doing one every day if I could." -- From Newsday, July 27, 2000.

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

Burnett was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship (1981)

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

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

Burnett won a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1988)

"Killer of Sheep" added to National Film Registry by the Library of Congress (October 1990)

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wife:
Gaye Burnett. Costume designer. Two sons together.

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