While pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media Studies at Queens College, Nira Burstein enrolled in graduate level courses exploring the relationship between film and art. She would experiment with found footage, spend semesters cutting with a Steenbeck, and launch mixed-media installations. Since graduating in 2007, Burstein has written, directed and produced multiple short films and music videos. Her short "Off & Away" premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2014. "Charm Circle" is Burstein's documentary debut slated for 2017; she is currently writing her first narrative feature.