Xavier Burgin is an Emmy-nominated writer/director from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He’s a staff writer on Starz’ critically acclaimed series, Heels. He directed AMC Network’s Horror Noire, Adult Swim’s Juneteenth Special, and the BET+ Emmy-winning show, Giants. Xavier participated in ViacomCBS’ Viewfinder Program, The Sundance Labs, HBO’s Film Showcase, Berlinale Talents, The Commercial Directors Diversity Program, and Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative. 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 work on GIANTS. The show premiered on Issa Rae’s Color Creative before its acquisition by ViacomCBS.
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.
Xavier cultivated experience on the set of American Horror Story. He shadowed the show’s veteran director/cinematographer, Michael Goi, during Season 6. The opportunity arose from OLDE E, Xavier’s USC thesis project which earned Student Academy Award recognition.
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 also includes collaborations with Google, Lenovo, LOL Network, Stage 3 Productions, Bazelevs, and D.C. Comics.
HEELS SEASON 2 (STARZ) – Staff Writer
VIACOMCBS VIEWFINDER – Emerging Directors Program
AMAZON STUDIOS – Horror Feature Polish, Writer
ADULT SWIM – Juneteenth With Open Mike Eagle, Director
DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Shock Doc Horror, Writer
DAYTIME EMMYS NOMINATION – “Outstanding Directing For A Digital Drama Series”
AMC NETWORK/SHUDDER – Horror Noire Feature Documentary, Director
BERLINALE TALENTS – 63rd Berlin International Film Festival
ACADEMY NICHOLL SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP – Top 50
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE – New Voices Lab Fellow
RYAN MURPHY HALF INITIATIVE – Director’s Program
COMMERCIAL DIRECTORS DIVERSITY PROGRAM – Finalist
HBO SHORT FILM COMPETITION – Finalist
43rd STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS – Semifinalist
PROJECT GREENLIGHT COMMERCIAL COMPETITION- 1st Place
SCREENCRAFT DRAMA FEATURE COMPETITION – 1st Place
ISSA RAE’S SHORT FILM SUNDAYS – Official Selection
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