Celebrated Filmmaker Charles Burnett to Join CalArts Film/Video Faculty this Fall

Film director Charles Burnett, whose diverse filmmaking career has spanned more than 40 years, joins the faculty of the Film Directing Program at CalArts’ School of Film/Video for the 2011-12 school year.

Charles Burnett | Photo: Studio Harcourt

Known for his iconic work, Killer of Sheep, along with other critically acclaimed films such as Nightjohn, When It Rains and To Sleep With Anger, Burnett will balance teaching with several professional commitments already in the works.

In an announcement to the Film Directing Program students, faculty and staff, Film Directing Program Co-Directors Deborah LaVine and Gary Mairs noted, “This is an extraordinary opportunity to work closely with a filmmaker of distinction, vision and passion.”

Besides engaging with students during the Guest Artist Workshop and set office hours, Burnett will teach Advanced Screenwriting and Project Development in the Fall semester and Cinematic Storytelling and another course in the Spring.

Above is the trailer for his 1977 classic, Killer of Sheep.

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