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 over 60,000 via twitter, an HBO Short Film Finalist, and Ryan Murphy Television Half Foundation mentee chosen as a part of Ryan Murphy Television Director’s Showcase.
Xavier’s filmography has been accepted in The American Black Film Festival, HBO Short Film Competition, Raindance Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, and Anchorage Film Festival.
Xavier is a fellow of The Sundance Institute’s YouTube New Voices Lab where his web series, Late Registration, 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). He was chosen to be a part of The Ryan Murphy Television’s Director’s Showcase.
Xavier amassed a following of over 60,000 plus followers on twitter through his long form stories, landing him features on sites such as NPR, Buzzfeed, Complex, Global Grind, Clutch Magazine, Thought Catalog, Twitter’s Moments Page, and Alux .
Xavier’s film, Olde E, 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, was an HBO short film finalist and netted him a Best Director award at Sunscreen Film Festival West. On Time premiered on HBO and can now be found on Cinemax.
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.