On Time (Short Film)

A homeless mother must make a difficult decision for her child when she's late for a job interview.

Best Narrative Short Film - Financial Focus Film Festival
Best Director - Sunscreen Film Festival West
HBO Short Film Competition Finalist
American Black Film Festival Selection
Winner - Best Actress - Grand Off Film Festival, Poland
Winner - 1st Place Student Short Films - Magnolia Independent Film Festival
2nd Place Super Shorts Category - Anchorage International Film Festival
1st Place Student Shorts - Denton Black Film Festival

Official Selections:
Terminus Film Festival
Capital City Black Film Festival
SAG AFTRA Short Film Showcase
Urbanworld Film Festival
Indie Night Film Festival
Black Harvest Film Festival
Burbank International Film Festival
Tulsa American Film Festival
25th Pan African Film Festival
Hollywood Black Film Festival
Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase
Underexposed Film Festival YC
Feature Script
Semifinalist - The Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
Winner - Screencraft Drama Competition
Winner – The Film Empire Diversity Screenplay Competition
Winner - Ivy Film Festival Graduate Feature Competition
Finalist - Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition:
Finalist - Hollywood Talent Summit Screenplay Competition:
1st Round – Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab
2nd Round - Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Quarterfinalist - Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Quarterfinalist - Finish Line Script Competition
Quarterfinalist - Screencraft Film Fund
Quarterfinalist - Bluecat Screenplay Competition

  • Xavier Burgin
    Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
  • Xavier Burgin
    Olde E
  • Tiara Marshall
    Olde E
  • Tony Ducret
  • Tim Astor
  • Kendra Cole
  • Angelica Lopez
  • Inger Tudor
    Key Cast
  • Araija DaCosta
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Craig West
    Key Cast
  • Louis Baker
    Key Cast
  • John Marrott
    Key Cast
  • Kathy Goral
    Key Cast
  • Meredith Riley
    Key Cast
  • Jordana Berliner
    Key Cast
  • Amani Starnes
    Key Cast
  • Jenna Cavelle
    Associate Producers
    Olde E
  • Mario Rodriguez
    Associate Producers
    Olde E
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, african american
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • American Black Film Festival HBO Short Film Competition
    United States
    World Premiere
  • Indie Night Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Black Harvest Film Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
  • SAG-AFTRA Short Film Showcase
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Burbank International Film Festival
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Sunscreen Film Festival West
    Manhattan Beach
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Urbanworld Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    September 24, 2016
    East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sunscreen Film Festival West
    Hermosa Beach
    United States
    October 1, 2016
    Best Director
  • Anchorage International Film Festival
    United States
    December 3, 2016
    Alaska Premiere
    2nd Place - Super Shorts
  • Pan African Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 9, 2017
  • Hollywood Black Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Denton Black Film Festival
    United States
    February 8, 2017
    1st Place Student Film Category
  • Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
    United States
    October 6, 2017
    Best College Student Short Film
  • Grand Off Film Festival

    December 20, 2017
    Best Actress
  • Financial Focus Film Festival

    United States
    June 3, 2018
    Best Narrative Short Film
  • Belize International Film Festival
    Belize City
    Winner - Short Film
Director Biography - Xavier Burgin

Xavier Burgin is an Emmy-nominated writer/director from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He nurtured his creative process there, honing his skills as a filmmaker. Xavier is the Director of Shudder’s first original documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. He’s also a Sundance Lab Fellow, an HBO Finalist, a Ryan Murphy Television Half Foundation alumni, a semifinalist for the Student Academy Awards, and a director on the Emmy nominated series, Giants.

Xavier’s feature documentary, Horror Noire, expounds on the history of Black Americans in horror cinema. The film, currently streaming on Shudder, has been covered by the A.V. Club, The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, Slash Film, The Verge, Entertainment Weekly, and more. It was featured in an educational screening hosted by The Toronto International Film Festival. It includes interviews from Jordan Peele, Keith David, Tony Todd, Rachel True, Paula Jai Parker, Richard Lawson, and more prominent actors, filmmakers, and scholars in the horror genre. It currently holds a "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Xavier directed Episode 204: Lights Out and Episode 207: Okay In the Silence, of the Emmy nominated series, Giants, currently on Issa Rae’s Color Creative. Xavier’s work has been nominated for an Emmy in the “Outstanding Directing for a Digital Drama Series” category. The series has been picked up for television via TV One. 

Xavier is a fellow of The Sundance Institute's YouTube New Voices Lab where his series, Late Registration, was 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 has also been a semi-finalist for ABC|Disney’s Directing and Writer Programs, Sony’s Diverse Director’s Program, and Viacom’s Emerging Directors Program.
Xavier’s feature script, On Time, has won The Screencraft Drama Competition and The Film Empire Diversity Screenplay competition. It was a finalist in the Hollywood Talent Summit Screenplay competition and Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay competition. 

On Time, Xavier’s proof of concept for his feature script of the same name, is an HBO short film finalist, Audience Award Social Political Film Festival Jury Winner, netted him a Best Director award at Sunscreen Film Festival West, and won Best Actress at Poland’s Grand Off Film Festival. It premiered on HBO and has been seen on Cinemax and Spectrum. Olde E, his thesis film, was a semi-finalist for the 43rd Student Academy Awards and chosen for Ryan Murphy’s Director’s showcase. Other, his film about Black America’s two voices, has been featured on Shadow & Act, Bossip, and Colorlines.

Xavier has amassed a 70,000+ following on social media via comedy, storytelling, and social commentary, landing him features on sites such as NPR,  Buzzfeed, Complex, Global Grind, and more.

Xavier has worked with AMC, Shudder, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, Baron Davis’ No Label, Stage 3 Productions, Bazelevs (Wanted, Unfriended), Google, and Lenovo as a director, writer, cinematographer, and/or writer.

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Director Statement

Bringing Light to a Problem:
On Time follows the life of Renee Johnson, a mother forced to make a dangerous decision for the sake of her child. Six months unemployed and desperate, Renee realizes this isn't the life she want for her seven-year-old daughter, Imani. Renee receives an interview for a job, but doesn't have the funds to keep her in daycare. So on a hot, searing Los Angeles day, Renee leaves Imani in the car as she goes in for her interview. Renee lands the job, but walks outside to find cops breaking into her car to take Imani away. Renee watches as her child is taken away, and she's arrested for trying to find a better path for herself and her daughter.

For many, our protagonist's only crime was being black, poor, and female. For others, regardless of her situation, her decision was reprehensible. Still, it is not cut and dry. While the inspiration for the story found help, I want to follow the normal trajectory. Where most parents are on their own.

The Breakdown:
On Time came into fruition through researching stories of the juvenile dependency court as well as foster families, and foster homes. Many people (and most audiences) have never seen the reunification process for parents and children, children's court, the workload of children protective services caseworkers, or the overwhelming disparity parents of color find themselves in when dealing with juvenile court. I want to bring these problems out in the open. An audience should leave this film emotionally moved, but with an understanding of the legal system for parents and children in regards to the reunification process.

The story will revolve around Renee and Imani, the mother and daughter. This is a story centering on a parent of color fighting to regain her child. In my artistic statement, I speak of oppression, but I'm not trying to paint an institution as unfair, but objectively portray the system. That alone will bring out the apparent injustices.

Our main character Renee, is a woman who views life differently from me. Rather than accuse the system, she wishes to show she can work in it to succeed. This is where her ideology and mine come to a head. By doing whatever is necessary to provide, she sets herself into this downward spiral, but the audience must see the system has forced her into this situation, though she see it as only her fault.

The tone of this film is serious, and pensive. It is denoted by the belief in hard work and hope, that's dashed by reality. The visual style will be a dichotomy of color. The people, places, and locations that are precious to Renee will be warm, red. The people, places, and locations that are dangerous to her, will be cool, blue. The visual style will also be reminiscent of cinema verite, where the camera leads us to truth.
(1) School you attended while the film was made/script was written. - USC School of Cinematic Arts
(2) Whether the school you have listed is an undergraduate college or university or a graduate college or university (i.e. film school). - Graduate College
(3) Country in which the school you attended is located. - USA