Xavier Burgin attended The University of Alabama before being accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for TV & Film Production. He nurtured his creative process there, discovering a love for writing and directing.
Now, he’s a Sundance Lab Fellow with a following of 57,000 via twitter, an HBO Short Film Finalist, and Ryan Murphy Television Half Foundation mentee.
Xavier’s filmography has been accepted in The American Black Film Festival, HBO Short Film Competition, Raindance Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, Anchorage Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, Sunscreen West Film Festival, and many more.
Xavier is a fellow of The Sundance Institute’s Youtube New Voices Lab where his webseries, Lame Lance, was one of eleven projects selected. Xavier shadowed on the set of American Horror Story as a member of the RMTV Half Foundation, a diversity mentorship program created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Scream Queens).
Xavier amassed a following of over 50,000 plus followers on twitter through his long form twitter stories, landing him features on sites such as Buzzfeed, Distractify, Complex, Global Grind, Clutch Magazine, Thought Catalog, Twitter’s Moments Page, and Alux .
Xavier directed, Olde E, a USC 546 Advanced Narrative film, received the Charles and Lucille King Best of Student Media Award and was a semi-finalist for the 43rd Student Academy Awards.
Xavier’s film, On Time, a proof of concept piece based on the feature script, Rough Around the Edges, co-written with Tiara Marshall, that made it past the first round of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. The film premiered at The American Black Film Festival. It was a finalist in the HBO Short Film competition, and will be on all HBO platforms in 2017. It also netted Xavier a Best Director award at Sunscreen Film Festival West.
Xavier has worked with Bazelevs (Wanted, Unfriended), Blavity, Riveting Entertainment, Google, Lenovo, Coca-Cola, The Distinguished Filmmakers’ Network, and Oscar Mayer as a director, writer, cinematographer, and/or writer. Xavier is also part of the National Lampoon Lemmings Improv group.
Xavier strives to bring an emotionally, powerful aesthetic through drama, and a pleasantly gut-aching, hilarity through comedy. Above all else, he currently works towards building an artistic resume highlighting his unique, and progressive sensibilities.