Episode 85 | Nancy Buirski
Nancy Buirski is the Director, Producer and Writer of the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning THE LOVING STORY (2012) (HBO). The film was shortlisted for an Academy Award and won the WGA Screenwriters Award. It was selected for Sundance’s Film Forward, the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, and screened at The White House. It was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a producer of LOVING, a narrative film inspired by THE LOVING STORY, directed by Jeff Nichols (TAKE SHLETER, MUD). Its star Ruth Negga is nominated for an Oscar and the film was recently awarded the Stanley Kramer Award at the PGAs. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released theatrically by Focus Features to major acclaim. Her Augusta Films produced with Colin Firth’s Raindog Films and Big Beach Films.
Nancy Buirski is the Director/Producer of BY SIDNEY LUMET (2015), which had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. It was released theatrically in fall 2016 and broadcast on American Masters/PBS in January 2017. Her documentary AFTERNOON OF A FAUN (2013) had its World Premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival and International Premiere at the 64th Berlinale. It was broadcast in June 2014 by American Masters/PBS and had a record-breaking theatrical release by Kino Lorber in the U.S.
Buirski is currently directing ENDANGERED, a live-action/animated narrative based on Eliot Schrefer’s award-winning YA novel of that title and THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR, a documentary that reveals the true origins of the Civil Rights Movement. She is developing TANNY, the narrative version of AFTERNOON OF A FAUN. For more production credits, please see IMDB.
Buirski founded and was the Director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for 10 years. Prior to her work in film, Buirski was the Foreign Picture Editor at The New York Times, garnering the paper its first Pulitzer Prize in photography. Her photo book Earth Angels: Migrant Children in American was published by Pomegranate Press. Prints from the collection were exhibited at the Smithsonian and traveled throughout the U.S. She serves on the Full Frame Board of Advisors, is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.