A monochromatic account of childhood memories through the lover’s voice; based on a real life story.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Alejandro Valbuena

Filmmaker’s statement

“I fell in love with dance at a really early age, but it wasn’t until recently that I started mixing it with film, thus finding a new tone in my artistic voice.

Burnt was quite a challenging film but quite rewarding as well.”

About Alejandro Valbuena

Born in Colombia, Amer-Indian multidisciplinary artist Alejandro Valbuena moved to Canada at the end of the 20th century with an abundance of professional projects already under his belt.

Alejandro quickly became a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada and worked as a first assistant director on a number of films, TV series and MOWs.

Alejandro’s artistic career has been awarded support by the BC Arts Council, BravoFACT, the Greenlight Fund, National Film Board of Canada, Hanson Institute and the Ontario Arts Council.

His work has been screened at numerous festivals including NY-DFA, Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen, London, Dance West, Basel, Sapporo, Vancouver, Toronto’s Inside Out, Lisbon’s InShadow and recently received awards at imagineNATIVE and AluCine.

Burnt was programmed on all Air Canada flights and included at the prestigious Smithsonian Museum. Additional career highlights include working with Deepa Mehta and Don McKellar.

Alejandro’s fiction work includes Marietta & the Design of The New Angels and Barrio Shots which was short-listed for The Walrus magazine’s annual SLS competition.

His plays include Marietta (Phoenix Theatre, Victoria), Solita y Abandono, which had its first public reading at PanAmerican Routes, and Camila’s Bones which was part of Alameda Theatre’s De Colores Festival 2012 and Summerworks Festival Toronto 2013. Camila’s Bones was originally conceived during his residency at the Banff Centre.

Alejandro is currently working on his first transmedia operatic project which had its first public showing in Mexico City in March 2013.

As well, he is continuing development on his screenplay The Maggot’s Ballad.

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