Nancy Buirski - Director, Producer, Writer

Metaphorphoses Tanaquil Le Clercq and George BalanchinePrior to AFTERNOON OF A FAUN, Buirski was Director, Producer and Writer of the Emmy Award-winning THE LOVING STORY (2011) (HBO). The film was a recipient of a coveted Peabody Award and grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It had its festival premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, followed by Tribeca, Hamptons, Palm Springs and other festivals here and abroad. It was included in the shortlist for the 2011 Academy Awards and selected for Sundance's Film Forward, the U.S. State Department's American Film Showcase, and screened at the White House. It was awarded the WGA Award for Best Screenplay at Silverdocs and numerous other awards including the American Historical Association's 2012 John E. O'Connor Award, the Gabriel Award and the NAMIC Vision Award.

Buirski is Producer of HARLEM WOODSTOCK (Director Alex Gibney), ALTHEA (Director Rex Miller) and Consulting Producer of PRIVATE VIOLENCE (Director Cynthia Hill) that premiered at Sundance. She is producing a narrative version of THE LOVING STORY in association with Colin Firth and Ged Doherty and is in development on THE DONNER PARTY with Ric Burns for HBO Original Programming. Buirski will next direct ENDANGERED, a live-action and animated narrative based on Eliot Schrefer's award-winning book of the same title.

Buirski founded and was the Director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for 10 years. She was Executive Producer of TED's Pangea Day Film Content. 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 America was published by Pomegranate Press. Prints from the collection were exhibited at the Smithsonian and traveled throughout the U.S.

Additional Crew Biographies

Damian Rodriquez - Editor.
Damian Rodriguez was born and raised in Austin, TX. He started working in recording studios in high school and graduated from University of Texas studying sound and film.

Moving to New York City in 2000 he began picture editing and has since worked on such important documentaries as HBO's Public Speaking with Fran Lebowitz and American Masters' No Direction Home: Bob Dylan both directed by Martin Scorsese. He was recently the picture editor on The Making of the Album Viva Duets with Tony Bennett.

Rick Rodgers - Director of Photography.
Rodgers is director and cinematographer of three feature films: Sweets (Kevin Corrigan, Catherine Kellner and Sarita Choudhury), Adam Shaw (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Josh Hamilton and Juliet Rylance), and Ossining (Christian Camargo, Bobby Cannvale and Arjun Gupta) all in post production. He is currently director and cinematographer of two feature documentaries The Third Act of Marian Seldes and The Trials of Constance Baker Motley.

His short doc Crash&Burn world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (Other festivals include LA Shorts, Sedona, Williamstown and Woodstock). After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design he worked as a graphic designer in London and New York. As an actor he is best known for playing Robson for 5 seasons on the critically acclaimed HBO series OZ.

Ric Burns - Producer.
Ric Burns is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer, best known for his eight-part, seventeen and a half hour series, New York: A Documentary Film, which premiered nationally on PBS to wide public and critical acclaim when broadcast in November 1999, September 2001, and September 2003.Burns has been writing, directing and producing historical documentaries for nearly 20 years, since his collaboration on the celebrated PBS series The Civil War, (1990), which he produced with his brother Ken and co-wrote with Geoffrey C. Ward. Since founding Steeplechase Films in 1989, he has directed some of the most distinguished programs in the award-winning public television series, American Experience, including Coney Island (1991), The Donner Party (1992), The Way West (1995), and Ansel Adams (2002), a co-production of Steeplechase Films and Sierra Club Productions.

In 2006, Burns released both Eugene O'Neill and Andy Warhol to critical acclaim. The two films garnered 2006-2007 Primetime and News and Documentary Emmy Awards for outstanding writing for non-fiction programming; Andy Warhol also received a 2006 Peabody Broadcasting Award. In 2009, Mr. Burns completed We Shall Remain: Tecumseh's Vision, part two of a five-part history of Native America, followed by the Emmy nominated documentary Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World in 2010, both of which aired nationally as part of WGBH Boston's American Experience.

Mr. Burns most recently finished Death and the Civil War, a film based on the best-selling book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by acclaimed historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust.


American Masters, THIRTEEN's award-winning biography series, celebrates our arts and culture. Created and launched in 1986 by Susan Lacy, the series set the standard for documentary film profiles, accruing widespread critical acclaim. Awards include 67 Emmy nominations and 26 awards - nine for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special - 12 Peabody Awards; three Grammys; an Oscar; two Producers Guild Awards for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television; and the 2012 IDA Award for Best Continuing Series. American Masters enjoys recognition from film events across the country and international festivals from London to Berlin and Toronto to Melbourne.

Other honors include The Christopher Awards and the Chicago International Television Awards as Outstanding Documentary Series, and the Banff Grand Prize and the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Movies.

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Since its founding in 1989 by Ric Burns, Steeplechase Films has produced over 30 hours of award-winning humanities programming for prime-time national broadcast on public television, including Coney Island, The Donner Party, The Way West, New York: a documentary film, Ansel Adams, Eugene O'Neill, Andy Warhol, We Shall Remain: Tecumseh's Vision and Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World. For these projects Steeplechase Films has garnered thirteen national Emmy nominations, five Emmy awards, three Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Journalism awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and the Erick Barnouw prize from the Organization of American Historians.