Hansen Bursic

Hansen Bursic is an award-winning film director and writer currently based out of Los Angeles, CA. For the past four years, Bursic has been working as an independent filmmaker, journalist and media consultant in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Much of his work has been dedicated to telling transparent, meaningful stories that center marginalized voices. Through both fiction and nonfiction film, Bursic has explored a variety of social issues including transgender rights, rural representation, and LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination all through personal, character-focused films.


Bursic has accepted multiple awards during his career as a filmmaker. Most recently, Bursic was given an Outstanding Writing/Directing Award from the prestigious Freese Foundation for his film “Halloween 1987.” His 2017 film “The Toothmans” also went home with several awards including the Relationship First Award from the Foundation for The Contemporary Family and a Best Documentary Award from the Lancaster International Short Film Festival.


Bursic is the Digital Communications Coordinator for the International Documentary Association (IDA). He recently worked as the Lead Media Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Values Campaign, a campaign advocating for sexuality, gender identity, and expression to be added to Pennsylvania’s state nondiscrimination protections. He also serves on the editorial board and as a contributor to CinéSPEAK’s online film journal. Other publications his writing has appeared in include Documentary Magazine, QBurgh and QueerPGH. Bursic has a BFA in Film Directing from Temple University.

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2021 Year in Review

This week I have been reflecting on 2021 which, not to mince words, has been one roller coaster of a year. I started 2021 in Pittsburgh, living in my parents[…]

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December 31, 2021 0

A Spooky Sit Down with Filmmaker and Performer Knucklehead

Provocative, queer, and… made in Lancaster, PA? In the heart of Central Pennsylvania, filmmaker and performer Jake McClellan, also known as Knucklehead, and close collaborators Adam Lenhart and Eric Griffin, were busy working a spooky passion project: a comedic, Halloween-themed collection of short films with a stunning 1990s broadcast look titled HeBGB TV.

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October 30, 2021 0

6 Tips for Documentary Filmmakers on How to Better Serve Participants with Gender-Based Trauma

It is no secret that documentary filmmaking has a complicated legacy when it comes to supporting the survivors of gender-based violence. Even with the best intentions, many filmmakers fall into[…]

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October 14, 2021 0

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