David Burke is a former CBS television journalist with over 20 years of experience as a writer, producer, and filmmaker in New York City.
After moving to Paris in 1986 with his wife Joanne, Burke has penned several travel books. His Writers In Paris, Literary Lives in the City of Light evolved into the highly praised David Burke's Writers in Paris Walking Tours, listed as one of Lonely Planet's Top Ten literary walks worldwide.
Writer and Camerman
Burke has also collaborated on many films with his wife Joanne writing their hour-long documentary Mary Lou Williams: Music on my Mind, broadcast on PBS, BET, CBC, ARTE and other European stations. H also wrote and served as a cameraman on a series of four documentaries about innovative women in Zimbabwe, Thailand, Guatemala and Mali that was widely distributed by Women Make Movies in the U.S.
Their focus on African American History in France began in 2012, when they created When African Americans Came To Paris, a groundbreaking series of six minidocumentaries about pioneering Black Americans from WEB Dubois, The Harlem Hellfighters to Henry O. Tanner. Two years later, they expanded the series with three longer films focussing on Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet and Harlem Renaissance and Diaspora writers and intellectuals.
The series received the award of Best Director from the prestigious Berlin Black International Cinema Film Festival in 2015.
Their comprehensive one-hour documentary, Paris Noir, African Americans In the City of Light was launched in 2016. It has been shown at many festivals including The March on Washington Film Festival and The Roxbury International Film Festival where it was won the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. The film been screened at many educational institutions including the University of Texas Austin, Williams College and the University of Florida. It was also integrated into a special event screening at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and shown at the Mairie de Paris exhibition Génération Perdue.