Xavier Burgin is an Emmy-nominated writer/director from USC Cinematic Arts. He’s a staff writer on Starz’ critically acclaimed series, Heels. He directed AMC Network’s Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, Adult Swim’s Juneteenth Special, and the BET+ Emmy-winning series, Giants. Xavier’s participated in the Paramount Viewfinder Program, Netflix Dubbing Initiative, Sundance Labs, HBO Showcase, Berlinale Talents, Commercial Directors Diversity Program, and Ryan Murphy’s Half Fest. He’s written for Amazon Studios and The Discovery Channel.
Xavier grew up in the deep south where chain link fences guarded you from the dog snapping at your feet. He’d disappear into the evergreen forests of Mississippi until sunset. He’d emerge for Cowboy Bebop, Final Fantasy 7, and Eve’s Bayou—wondering if these tales could co-exist. Now, he creates adventure and myth– the type of worlds his younger self dreamed about in the rural heat.
Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror, expounds on the untold history of Black Americans in the genre. The documentary holds a “100% Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. It was featured in USA Today’s & Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Horror Movies of 2019.” The film won a Trailblazer Award from FEAR NYC Horror Festival.
Xavier earned a Daytime Emmy Nomination for his directorial work on Giants. The show aired on TV One, before its acquisition by Paramount. This led to his participation in Paramount’s Viewfinder Program, a program pairing emerging directors with TV shows.
Xavier directed Juneteenth With Open Mike Eagle, an Adult Swim Special expounding on the national holiday’s history. The project premiered between episodes of The Boondocks & Black Dynamite.
Netflix chose Xavier for their 1st Annual Emerging Directors Dubbing Initiative. Created by Queen Sugar Director, Dr. Rachel Raimist, the initiative preps directors for live action and animated dubbing opportunities within Netflix.
Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story, chose Xavier for his 1st Annual Directors Half Initiative. Xavier shadowed the show’s veteran director/cinematographer, Michael Goi, during Season 6. The opportunity arose from Olde E, Xavier’s Student Academy Award nominated thesis film.
His current projects include — Sankova, an Afro-futuristic world based on black, internet culture. A Family Reunion, a southern gothic about gods, reincarnation, and the bonds between grandparents and their progeny. Sweat, a disgraced comedian and a club promoter create a psychedelic empire in the south. On Time, a no frills-humanistic examination of a mother’s journey through the judicial system.
Xavier’s work includes collaborations with D.C. Comics, Lenovo, LOL Network, and Stage 3 Productions.
HEELS SEASON 2 – STAFF WRITER
NETFLIX EMERGING DIRECTORS DUBBING INITIATIVE
AMAZON STUDIOS – Horror Feature Writer
PARAMOUNT TV DIRECTING VIEWFINDER PROGRAM
ADULT SWIM – Juneteenth w/Open Mike Eagle, Director
DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Doc Horror Writer
2019 DAYTIME EMMY NOMINATION
AMC NETWORKS – Horror Noire, Director
ACADEMY NICHOLL SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP TOP 50
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE NEW VOICES LAB
RYAN MURPHY HALF INITIATIVE
COMMERCIAL DIRECTORS DIVERSITY PROGRAM
HBO SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
43rd STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATION
PROJECT GREENLIGHT COMMERCIAL COMPETITION WINNER
SCREENCRAFT DRAMA FEATURE COMPETITION WINNER
FOX SOUL TV
ISSA RAE SHORT FILM SUNDAYS
Winner, The Film Empire Diversity Screenplay Competition. Winner, Ivy Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Winner, Audience Awards. Winner, ISA’s Table Read My Screenplay. Finalist, Audience Awards Social Justice Competition. Finalist, The Industry Next. Semi-Finalist, ABC | Disney Directing Program. Semi-Finalist, Sony Diverse Directors Program. Semi-Finalist, ABC | Disney Writing Program. Semifinalist, HaydenFilms Screenwriting Competition.
Toronto International Film Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Black Warrior Film Festival, Day of Black Docs, Overlook Film Festival, Salem Horror Fest, Sitges International Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, SAG AFTRA Short Film Showcase, New Voices in Black Cinema, Los Angeles International Shot Film Festival, Bronzelens Film Festival, Black Harvest Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Fox Soul TV, Urbanworld Film Festival, BESLA Film Festival