Pittsburgh Screenwriter / Director, Jason Burke
Jason has been an artist in Pittsburgh for most of his life, and considers himself to be passionate about many diverse fields. In addition to his film work as a director, writer, producer, assistant director and director of photography, he’s also an author. He has three independently published books at the time of this post, with two more being published in 2020. He’s been performing on stage as a poet and a theatre actor since 2009. He’s a sports/film journalist for multiple websites, and he also writes a monthly self-help blog. He’s extremely grateful to create a thought-provoking escape for people through art, and he feels blessed to have made so many kind and passionate friendships in this local film community.
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh?
My entire life! Thirty three years and counting.
What roles do you fill when making films and which do you like best?
I’m a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, assistant director, director of photography, and script supervisor. I feel most useful and effective as a screenwriter.
About how many movies have you worked on?
Since 2016, it’s upwards of 50. In total, probably close to 70.
What are some awards you’ve won or festivals you been in?
I’ve won awards at The Indie Oaks Festival, The Haunted Oaks Festival, The 3K Film Fest, the 48 Hour Film Project, The International Film Fest, The Pittsburgh Uncut, and a few dozen others. It’s a surreal blessing!
How long have you been making films? Since 2010 overall as a crew-member, but as far as my own, I started in 2017.
What are some of your “more visible” films that you’re most proud of?