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At the University of Michigan, I earned a degree in Deviant Behavior, Abnormal Psychology, and the Psychology of Advertising. I was fascinated by how perception, both real and imagined, affects behavior. Love of puzzles and problem solving led me to Organizational Psychology, or work place efficiency. Then I discovered Radio and Television Production, and ultimately combined them all for a bachelor degree in general studies.
Uninterested in the practice of psychology or advertising, I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up. After graduation during a group trip to Hawaii for a friend’s wedding, I realized I could live anywhere while I figured it out. Four months later, I packed a tent, tarp, camping supplies, one week’s worth of clothing, and a $500 cashier check, and hopped a plane to Kauai. No job, no place to live, just a map, the name of a campground, a check I couldn’t cash for two weeks, and the less than $20 in cash my uncle shoved in my pocket as he dropped me off at the airport in LA.
After a brief stint pulling weeds on the golf course of a major hotel, my paychecks bought a VW van. For the next year, I traded for most everything I needed. I set and cast net for fish and lobster, speared octopus, harvested sea urchin, and pulled seaweed for a living. When the ocean churned too rough, I shot and edited 1st birthday parties, tourist and wedding videos, and raised hunting dogs.
After Kauai, I moved to Key West much the same way. Still no idea what I wanted to do, but knowing I had to figure it out someplace warm, I packed my stuff in a dead relative’s Chevy Cutlass Supreme and drove from my hometown in Michigan to the southernmost point in the US. No job, no place to live, just the address of a hostel and a lead on an on-air DJ job at a radio station. 2 years and 3 radio stations later, I moved to Atlanta, and within a year started my career in film and television.
22 years later…
Linda Burns produces, line produces and production supervises national commercials, corporate industrials, still photo shoots, webisodes, microseries, and television pilots and promos. Clients include Dodge, The NBA, Titleist, National Geographic, Ford, TV One, The NCAA, Dixie Products, Georgia Pacific, Pebble Beach Resorts, UPS, Honda Generators, The CDC, Carolina 1st Bank, Komatsu, CNN, Verison Wireless, Medical College of Georgia, Alcoa, MXenergy, MCI, FTD Florists, Delta Faucets, BellSouth, Coca-Cola, DeKalb Medical, Motorola, Meadows Medical, MTV’s Teen Wolf, Lifetime Television’s Necessary Roughness and Army Wives, and The Academy Awards Live Pre-Show on TNTLA.
As a veteran indie film producer, Burns collaborates with some of Atlanta’s best writers, directors, and production companies, often consulting behind the scenes to nurture and mentor emerging talent. She’s a charter member of the southeast chapter of The Producer’s Guild of America and the Atlanta chapter of Film Fatales. Burns sits on the Advisory Boards for Core of Culture and Camp Flix, the Executive Boards of Atlanta Film Society and Georgia Production Partnership, and was the first Board Chair for Dailies at PushPush Theater. She is an industry and festival panelist, teaches film production classes and intensive workshops, runs the PA Academy and the D-Girl Project, and is an active member of the film community.
In 2015, The Reconstruction of William Zero, directed by Dan Bush (The Signal, Ghost of Old Highways), and starring Amy Seimetz and Conal Byrne, released in theaters, and is currently available on VOD.
Crazy Legs Productions kept Linda busy throughout the first half of 2014, line producing two true crime TV series for the ID Channel. Deadly Places premiered in August 2014. Your Worst Nightmare in the spring of 2015.
In 2013, she worked with Swindy Films, Adult Swim, and Directors Dave Willis and Chris Kelly, to produce the 1st season of the live action TV series Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell. Staring Henry Zebrowski, Matt Servitto, Eddie Pepitone, and Craig Rowin, YPF premiered to rave reviews and was renewed by the network.
In 2012, the Sundance Film Festival premiered another collaboration with Director David Bruckner, the first being the 2007 midnight movie hit The Signal. Amateur Night, the first short in the horror found footage-style anthology V/H/S, received theatrical and international distribution from Magnolia, and is available on VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray. The Little Death, produced with Director Bret Wood, played the festival circuit and released on DVD and VOD through Kino Lorber.
She hopes to produce Pretty Like Me with Sundance Labs alum and writer/director Milford Thomas (Claire), The Control Group with Bret Wood (The Unwanted, Psychopathia Sexualis), and a feature with David Bruckner (Southbound, The Signal), among other projects she has in development for 2016-2020.
Her indie short and feature film credits include: her directorial debut Living is Winning, an award-winning documentary feature distributed by Passion River; Petunia, an award-winning 37-minute musical currently in development in New York as a feature; Shooting Creek, a Civil War action drama which premiered at Telluride, was licensed by Starz-Encore, and is avail through Netflix; Last Goodbye, an award-winning ensemble drama available on Warner’s Home Video; and the Sundance Film Festival hit and John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award nominee The Signal, theatrically released by Magnolia Pictures and currently available on DVD. Festival appearances include Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, San Francisco Int’l, Seattle, Telluride, Melbourne, New Haven, New York Expo, Venice, Clermont-Ferrand, Sidewalk, Sitges – Catalonian Int’l Film Fest and Gen Art.
Burns traveled twice to The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan as part of the award-winning exhibition, The Sacred Arts of Bhutan. Opening in 2008 at the Honolulu Academy of Art, over 70 sacred art objects as well as monastic dance videos traveled for 3 years to renowned international museums. The final 300 hours of Cham footage was given to the Royal Government of Bhutan and resides in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, New York, the largest dance archive in the world as part of their permanent collection. Burns taught film production classes to monks and consulted on the documentation of sacred ancient Buddhist monastic dance.
…She loves her job.