Xavier Burgin is an Emmy-nominated director from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He’s the director of AMC Network’s Horror Noire, Adult Swim’s Juneteenth Special, and the Emmy-winning series, Giants. Xavier has been a selection for Viacom CBS’ Viewfinder Program, The Sundance Labs, HBO’s 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 horror cinema. The film currently holds a 100% Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, along with being listed “Best Horror Movies of 2019” by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly. The film won a Trailblazer Award from FEARnyc Film Festival.
Xavier directed two episodes of the Emmy-winning series, GIANTS, acquired by TVOne. His directorial work earned him a Daytime Emmy nomination.
He directed an Adult Swim TV Special, Juneteenth With Open Mike Eagle, expounding on the history of the national holiday. The project premiered between episodes of The Boondocks & Black Dynamite.
Xavier cultivated this experience while shadowing on season six of American Horror Story. He was mentored by the show’s veteran director and cinematographer, Michael Goi. This opportunity arose from due to Xavier’s thesis project, Olde E, earning semi-finalist recognition at The Student Academy Awards.
Xavier has written multiple projects he’s attached to direct and/or is currently in development.
SANKOVA focuses on young adults in an afro-futuristic, mega-city based on black internet culture.
A young boy in the deep south fights to save a loved one from being sacrificed to a primordial deity in A FAMILY REUNION, a Sundance Beta Workshop selection.
LATE REGISTRATION, a Sundance New Voices Lab selection, examines the lives of black college students at a white, southern college. Acquired by Baron Davis’ No Label.
ON TIME, a story focusing on the judicial system’s unfair treatment of mothers, received a Top 50 placement in The Academy Nicholl Fellowship. The proof of concept film premiered on HBO.
TO GRANDMA’S HOUSE, a horror focused on bonds between grandparents and their progeny, earned him a selection into the Berlinale Talents, a creative lab for emerging storytellers at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.
He’s served as horror writer and consultant for Amazon Studios. He also wrote a zombie documentary for The Discovery Channel’s Shock Doc Initiative.
Xavier’s directorial work also includes collaborations with Google, Lenovo, LOL Network, Stage 3 Productions, Bazelevs, and D.C. Comics.
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 – Selection
Winner, Screencraft Drama Feature Competition. 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. Semi-Finalist, ABC | Disney Directing Program. Semi-Finalist, Sony Diverse Directors Program. Semi-Finalist, ABC | Disney Writing Program. Semifinalist, ViacomCBS ViewFinder Emerging Director Program
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