Joanne and David Burke

Joanne Burke is a film and video director-producer-editor whose high level experience in New York saw her edit more than 20 long-form documentaries on social, political and cultural themes for CBS, NBC, PBS and HBO. Her award-winning work includes Tom Spain s Any Place But Here, The Anderson Tapes by Sidney Lumet, and Gimme Shelter by the Maysles Brothers. Since moving to Paris in 1986, she has produced, written and edited independent films in partnership with her writer/cameraman husband David Burke. David Burke is a writer, filmmaker and former CBS television journalist from New York. In Paris, David Burke 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. David and Joanne Burke have collaborated on many films. Their hour-long documentary Mary Lou Williams: Music on my Mind was broadcast on PBS, BET, CBC, ARTE and various European stations. They also created a series of four documentaries about innovative women in Zimbabwe, Thailand, Guatemala and Mali. Their focus on Americans in Paris began with WWI s The Lafayette Escradille and Anne Morgan: An American in France. In 2012, Joanne Burke created When African Americans Came To Paris, a groundbreaking series of six mini-documentaries 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. Paris Noir, African Americans In the City of Light their comprehensive one-hour documentary was launched in 2016. It has been shown at many festivals including The Roxbury International Film Festival where it was awarded the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, and The March on Washington Film Festival. The film has also been screened at many educational institutions including University of Texas Austin, University of Florida, Williams College. The film has been integrated into special events screenings at the Smithsonian s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Mairie de Paris exhibition Génération Perdue. Phlyssa Koshland signed on as producer of the Paris Noir documentary after meeting the Burkes in 2002. Primarily a sculptor, she lent her artistic expertise to the development of the story line, artistic continuity, as well as fundraising. Phlyssa designed the Film Companion book.