Charles Burnett (1944, Vicksburg, Mississippi) was given the Fipresci Prize in 1981 for his first feature,
Killer of Sheep. In 1988 he received the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the so-called genius grant. Burnett has also been active as cameraman.
Several Friends (1969, short), The Horse (1973, short), Killer of Sheep (1978), My Brother's Wedding (1983), To Sleep with Anger (1990), America Becoming (1991, TV doc), The Glass Shield (1994), When It Rains (short, 1995), Nightjohn (1996, TV), The Wedding (1998, TV), Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland (1998, short doc), Selma, Lord, Selma (television film, 1999), Olivia's Story (short, 2000), The Annihilation of Fish (1999), Finding Buck McHenry (2000, TV), American Family (2002, TV series), Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003, TV doc), For Reel? (2003, TV), The Blues: Warming by the Devil's Fire (2003, TV doc), Namibia: The, Struggle for Liberation (2007), Quiet As Kept (2007, short), Relative Strangers (2009, TV), Mulatto Saga (2012, short)