Joanne Burke is a film and video director-producer-editor with long years of high level experience. From the late 1960s to 1986 she was one of the top documentary film editors in New York, editing more than twenty long-form documentaries for CBS, NBC, PBS, and HBO on social, political, and cultural themes.
Her award-winning film on jazz great "Mary Lou Williams,Music on My Mind".
Women, AIDS, Hope in Mali, about the particular problems of women in West Africa in dealing with their status as HIV positive.
2012 - 2014
When African Americans Came to Paris followed by a second compilation in 2014.
Series of documentaries entitled New Directions on innovative women in developing countries: Women of Zimbabwe, Women of Thailand, and Women of Guatemala.
When African Americans Came to France for Best Director
Joanne Burke (June 6, 1936), is an American documentary film editor and independent film producer and director with more than fifty years of experience.
Burke was born in Newark, New Jersey, and began her career as a runner in the late 1950’s for animators John and Faith Hubley subsequently working as an assistant and sound effects editor at their Storyboard Studio in NYC.
From the late 1960s to 1986 she was a top television film editor in New York on documentaries for CBS, NBC, PBS, and HBO on social, political, and cultural themes. Burke was also an editor on “The Anderson Tapes” for director Sidney Lumet. She served as a co-editor on “Gimme Shelter” a film about the Rolling Stones produced by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin.
In 1986 Burke moved to Paris with her husband David Burke where they began to produce Independent films with their company Blue Lion Films Inc. In 1990 Mary Lou Williams: Music on My Mind was broadcast on PBS in the United States, CBS in Canada, Arte TV in France, and several other channels in France and in Europe.
In the 1990’s she created New Directions, a series of half-hour video documentaries about innovative grassroots women in Zimbabwe, Thailand, Guatemala, and Mali with a personal commitment to help them raise funds that resulted in both public and private support. Speaking Out: Women, AIDS, and Hope in Mali, was shown for many years by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Africa.
In 2012 Blue Lion Films inc. released a compilation of six short video documentaries, When African Americans Came to Paris followed by a second compilation in 2014. This two-part educational series won the Best Director award at the Berlin Black International Cinema in 2015.
Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light was completed in 2016 in English and in French. It has been shown at festivals, schools, universities, and museums. In, 2017 was shown at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and at the Hotel de Ville in Paris. The same year it won the Henry Hampton Award at the Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston.