“Through his films a sense of freedom is born…a need to converse. Burke is able to speak the truth, humor, horror and hope of the human condition – whether you want to hear it or not.“ – (Novelist/Filmmaker) Jennifer Lynch
For 16 years Burke Roberts has honed his cinematic alchemy outside the industry box. In blazing his own unique trail through the international underground film arena – his films have gained recognition at dozens of renowned international film festivals, fine art galleries, museums and independent cinemas. The unconventional path his works have traveled to earn their cult following is as eclectic as the works themselves.
Among his accolades can be found:
Multiple official selections at Slamdance, awards in Tribecca, Los Angeles, Paris and a ‘BEST FOREIGN SHORT SUBJECT’ WIN in Madrid – as well as a slew of presentations at less traditional venues such as: Coachella Music Fest, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, ART Rotterdam and most recently a full retrospective of his short films presented by the LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) as the special guest headliner of their annual ‘Young Directors Night’.
Roberts grew up on a ranch in Colorado. The opposite of an Urban Cowboy: he was a Rural Punk.
At eighteen, Roberts found himself fighting the tide in Hollywood. Concerned that his contemporaries had lost respect for the traditional elements in story telling, he studdied the Meisner technique for three years under an aging Sandford Meisner and his protégé William Alderson. Then diving in to the pre-HD indie film world – his ocean sized ambition for innovative storytelling came up against the natural resistance and constraints of the Industry’s conformist status quo.
Fortunately, the visions in his mind are louder than the nay-sayers, and so his production tactics revealed an uncharted ingenuity. In the current explosion of guerilla film, Roberts could even be considered ‘oldschool’- pioneering unique filmic feats years before pro-sumer equipment brought D.I.Y. filmmaking to the masses.
To do this, he founded: BIZZURKE ARMY UNDERGROUND FILM MILITIA – An ever-expanding international network, encompassing hundreds of accomplished artists and A-list technicians, who devote their time and talents to achieving a common goal; the evolution of Cinema.
Cinema that deals with challenging and political themes such as oppression, fanaticism and insanity, (both personal and societal), make up the Roberts’ catalogue.
He has triumphantly created a truly original body of impossibly high production-value short films on shoestring budgets. Ranging from 35mm period pieces to HD science fiction, his films have slaughtered screens from L.A. to New York, London to Berlin, and almost every notable city in-between.
After over a decade of working exclusively in narrative and experimental, Roberts finally agreed to start making music videos in 2010, of which his first one (WARPAINT ‘Stars’) was named in the TOP 20 VIDS OF 2010 from London’s siminal music publication NME. Deeply rooted in the arts & cinemas place within, his other titles include FEATURE PROGRAMMER FOR SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIAL, INSTALLATION ARTIST of large scale sculptures, concept architecture, live mixing of multimedia projections and the curation of his own world class Arts Festival: THE ENGINE COLLISION FEST which featured 150 artists from all over the world including headliners as diverse as Wu Tang Clan’s Raekwon and Daivd Lynch.
Roberts’ current passions also include the use and exploration of his 2000 pound steel sculpture/mobile movie theater hybrid – known as: ‘THE ENGINE’. It’s purpose being to inspire audiences and equip other bold filmmakers whose voices of note deserve alternative modes of distribution and presentation.
Presently Roberts is in pre-production for two feature length films and post production on both his 8th music video and 12th short narrative, His projects continue to receive winks and nods from international PRESS and a growing cult fan base – who realize that Burke Roberts forthcoming endeavors are poised to push the envelope further still.
Jesus Rides Shotgun (47 min.) – 1997
Fuck Fashion (18 min.) – 1999
Handicap City (17 min.) – 2003
Echo of a Man (16 min.) – 2004
Insult to Injury (29 min.) – 2005
Some of an Equation (8 min.) – 2007
Substance Ovuse (5 min.) – 2008
Sky Drops (14 min.) – 2009
Engineering Nudes (6 min.) – 2009
Legend of the Widower Colby Wallace (15 min.) – 2010/11
The Exquisite Tenderness of Santa Rosa de Lima – in production
Hiveranos (Feature) – Pre-production
Warpaint ‘Stars’ – 2010
The Mccarricks ‘Metamorph’ – 2010
Patrick Park ‘You’ll get Over’ – 2010
Swahili Blonde ‘La Mampatee’ – 2010
Sistol ‘A better Shore’ – 2011
Spindrift ‘Legend of the Widower’ – 2011
Hollie Cook ‘Walking in the Sand’ – 2011
Swahili Blonde ‘Purple Ink’ – 2011
Corridor ‘Pieces of Work’ – 2012
Brass Tax ‘Man with the Tooth’ – 2012