Meet Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Thomas Burstyn
COW Leaders : Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Thomas BurstynCreative COW Magazine Writer
Barbara and Tom founded Cloud South Films as a "mid-life love child," to allow them to make films together, and have previously written articles for us separately.
In addition to her research, writing, directing and producing for Cloud South Films, she is a columnist for the New Zealand Herald, where she was named "Social Issues Columnist of the Year" in the Qantas Media Awards, and was a finalist for "Columnist of the Year."
For our 2008 "Music Videos" issue, director and cinematographer Tom wrote about working with the Arri D-20 digital cinema camera on "Tin Man." Among his many awards and nominations, he won a US Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie for his work on "The 4400;" won a Genie award (the main Canadian national film award) for Best Achievement in Cinematography ("Magic In the Water") to go with two additional nominations; and won the Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Short ("La premiere fois"). Tom is also a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
As they told us, "Our documentaries are personal, well researched, visually compelling and socially relevant. For us, this is the only medium worth investing in."
Articles by Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Thomas Burstyn