|Born||Neil Norman Burger
Connecticut, United States
|Spouse(s)||Diana Warner Kellogg (m. 1997)|
Life and career
After attending the Greenwich Country Day School and Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut, Burger graduated from Yale University with a degree in fine arts and later became involved with experimental film in the 1980s. He then went on to direct music videos for such alternative artists as the Meat Puppets and used his renown and connections to approach MTV in 1991 with the idea to create and direct a series of promotional spots for what would be the MTV "Books: Feed Your Head" campaign against aliteracy. In an interview with Shave Magazine Neil described his work as "almost like PSA’s but they weren’t really; they were like music videos for literature and language."
Burger, who directed and wrote Interview with the Assassin, won Best Feature for the film at the Woodstock Film Festival. Interview with the Assassin was also nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including best First Feature.
Burger filmed The Illusionist, which he adapted for the big screen from the Steven Millhauser short story, "Eisenheim the Illusionist." The Illusionist premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film also opened the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival and had a limited release in theaters on August 18, 2006.
Burger has said that he is working on adapting "The Big Knockover," a short story by Dashiell Hammett.
Burger is set to direct a drama for Universal that follows criminals in New York City who band together to search and take out terrorists themselves, when the police searches begin interfering with their business.
Burger has been married to Diana Warner Kellogg, an architect, since 1997.
- Interview with the Assassin (2002)
- The Illusionist (2006)
- The Lucky Ones (2008)
- Limitless (2011)
- Divergent (2014)
- Interview With the Assassin (2002)
- The Illusionist (2006) (adapted)
- The Lucky Ones (2008)
- Scan (2014) (as Walter Jury)
- Vineyard, Jennifer (1 August 2013). "Divergent Director Neil Burger Has an Advanced Copy of Allegiant, and He Hasn't Read it Yet". Vulture. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Interview: Neil Burger". ShaveMagazine.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- Cinema Fusion, Retrieved on January 17, 2007
- "Bride of Frankenstein comes to life-The Hollywood Reporter: Risky Business". Riskybusinessblog.com. June 16, 2009 in Remakes. Retrieved 2009-06-17. Check date values in:
- Jury, Walter (2014). Scan. Penguin Group. p. 329. ISBN 978-0-399-16065-3.
- Neil Burger at the Internet Movie Database
- Variety Interview with Neil Burger
- Interview September 2008 The Lucky Ones http://sarahsbackstagepass.com/pages/interviews/neilBurger.html