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James Burkhalter

Graduate Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD US
Available for Full Time
Available for Freelance
Open To Mentoring
Queer filmmaker, living and working in Baltimore, MD


James A. Burkhalter is a Baltimore-based filmmaker, screenwriter, and educator. His directorial credits include a feature-length participatory documentary entitled "There Will Be GLiTTER," as well as several shorts including "Dreams Of My Father," "Kween For A Day," "Love, Ava," and "Your Inbox Is Full." His films have been honored at the Baltimore International Black Film Festival, the Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, and the LGBTQ Unbordered International Film Festival, among others. In the summer of 2021, James produced the critically acclaimed comedic short film, "F^¢K 'EM R!GHT B@¢K" (2022 Sundance Official Selection, Now Streaming on Showtime & PARAMOUNT+), and his queer horror screenplay, "Last Call," won 2nd Place at the Baltimore Film Office's 16th Annual Screenwriters' Competition (hosted by the MDFF). In Spring 2023, he was awarded a $30K production grant through the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund to produce his 2nd feature length documentary, tentatively titled "Guns 4 Gays; Or, My First Time." James holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Documentary Film Studies and English from Gettysburg College and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). As of 2022, he is working as a Graduate Professor in MICA's Filmmaking department in Baltimore, MD.

Featured Work

Kween For A Day

A Day in the Life-style documentary about Baltimore-based drag queen, Shaunda Leer (Scott Murdock).

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Your Inbox is Full

My voicemail inbox has been full for the past 5 years, much to my mother’s dismay. And I’m FINALLY clearing it out! (Experimental)

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♥ Love, Ava ♥

EXPERIMENT: I gave my 12-year-old niece some boot camp training on the 4k Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and LET HER LOOSE!

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Rough Cut of true crime documentary about the 2004 murder of my NHS classmate, Noah Jamahl Jones (age 17).

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