WHEN AFRICAN AMERICANS CAME TO PARIS
BIOGRAPHY: DAVID BURKE
David Burke is a writer, filmmaker, former television journalist in New York, and
since living in Paris from 1986 writing books and articles and making films with his
wife Joanne Burke.
FILM WORK IN PARIS
Writer: Mary Lou Williams: Music on my Mind, hour-length documentary on jazz
pianist-composer-arranger Mary Lou Williams, with Joanne Burke producing,
directing, and editing. It has been broadcast on PBS, BET, CBC, ARTE and other
stations in Europe.
Writer and Cameraman: New Directions, four documentaries by Joanne about innovative women in developing countries, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Guatemala, and in Mali about women with HIV/AIDS; broadcast many times in Africa.
Writer and Cameraman: Two films about France during World War I: The Lafayette Escadrille and Anne Morgan: An American in France, Joanne Burke producer.
Writer and Cameraman: When African Americans Came to Paris, a collection of six short films about W.E.B.DuBois, Henry Ossawa Tanner, World War I soldiers and musicians, Jazz in Montmartre, and Three Women Artists, in the Paris of the early 20th century, released in 2012.
Writer and Cameraman: When African Americans Came to Paris Part Two: The Stars, featuring Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, and Harlem Renaissance Writers, 2014.
This double collection won a major prize at the Black International Cinema festival in Berlin in 2015, with Joanne Burke receiving the award as Director.
Writer and Cameraman: Paris Noir, African Americans in the City of Light, 2016, a comprehensive one-hour documentary film about African American soldiers, writers, artists, jazz musicians and entertainers in France between 1918 to 1940.
WRITINGS IN PARIS
Mediterranean France, a travel book published by Globe-Pequot Press, three editions, 1995, 1997, and 2000. Access Paris, HarperCollins travel guides, 1999 and 2002. Writers in Paris, Literary Lives in the City of Light, Counterpoint Press, Berkeley, 2008 and 2010 (www.writersinparis.com) and Second Edition by Paris Writers Press in 2016. Many articles in magazines and pieces on the Internet.
LITERARY WALKING TOURS
Evolving from the book Writers in Paris is David Burke’s Writers in Paris Walking Tours, highly praised by London Time Out and Lonely Planet’s Top 10 listing for literary walking tours worldwide. (www.writersinpariswalkingtours.blogspot.fr), also in Facebook with same name.
PAST WORK IN NEW YORK
From 1963 to 1986, starting as researcher/writer on a six-hour documentary PBS series, moving on to ABC, NBC, more PBS, Producer of Consumer Reports TV, and for a decade and more CBS News as writer/producer with Walter Cronkite on The 21st Century and Walter Cronkite Reports and on 60 Minutes with Dan Rather and Ed Bradley.
The Taft School; Yale University (B.A., English, 1958); Prose Editor, Yale Literary Magazine; columnist, Yale Daily News, and two years studying playwriting at Yale Drama School.