BEN BURKE is a lifelong student and practitioner of the motion picture. He is a self educated filmmaker who has been immersed in the craft, history, and business of the art form for over 15 years.
After borrowing the family camcorder to record himself practicing magic tricks, he was making movies by age 12. Burke founded a film society by 19 and was soon to produce and/or direct dozens of short form projects. He has continued working on productions for over 10 years for Hollywood, Bollywood, and countless Independents; as well as six years of professional videography and four years managing performance theaters and art galleries for the Arts Council in his home town of Lexington, Kentucky.
In 2009, Mr. Burke Directed the 70 minute crime thriller NOBODY IN PARTICULAR. The improvised film has received critical praise, describing the film as “above and beyond those who are vomiting formulaic drivel into North American movie houses”.
Burke has produced numerous feature film content ever since, including the ghost story/psychological thriller FASON NOU and RED RIVER MOON, a survival story of two young girls stranded in the Appalachian wilderness after their mother is accidentally killed during a family camping trip.
As well as producing and directing, Burke is also an accomplished Cinematographer. His list of commercial clients includes L’Oriel, Armani, Yves St. Laurent, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, E-how.com, as well as numerous small business’ and more. As a Gaffer, Ben has done lighting work on films released internationally and theatrically through mini major distributors such as LIONSGATE and IFC.
Recently, Burke partnered with entertainment and corporate attorney Doug Shoemaker and producer and marketing executive Sean McCarthy to reinvent Torn And Restored Pictures with an experienced eye on the international market for feature films and broadcast content.
Currently, Ben resides in Los Angeles, California and Lexington, where he enjoys working freelance as cinematographer and producer while developing and executing new projects.