Michael Burton

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Michael Burton Films

Salt Marsh Productions LLC

Michael Burton

Assistant Professor and Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery Committee Chair

2007 M.F.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2000 B.F.A., Green Mountain College

My creative work in film-making focuses on stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. I am interested in people with extraordinary pasts who have mostly been left out of the cultural and historical record. I work closely with historical and literary scholars, costume designers, and production professionals to make historically accurate films.  I use a hybrid form of live-action film on green screen and animation to create looks that resemble prints and illustrations of the period.   The process is time intensive however the look is rich and compelling, bringing viewers into the past in a way that blends our notions of history with the real lives of each character.

Service-learning is central to my teaching philosophy. Undergraduate through Ph.D. students work in paid roles on my productions.

Selected Exhibitions:

Bronze Lens Film Festival, Atlanta, GA

New Media Film Festival (Best Animation) L.A., CA

Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, VA

Hip Hop Film Festival, Bronx, NY

Utopia Film Festival, Greenbelt, MD

Atlantic Selects, The Atlantic magazine 

Anchorage International Film Festival

Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE

“Art Seen" Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

Notable Funding:

National Endowment for the Humanities $200,000

Maryland Humanities Council $8,300

Cather Project $8,000

UNL Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship $10,000

  


Areas of Expertise:

    Art and Design

Professional Highlights

Memberships
FATE; Foundation Art theory and Education