About US

Who We Are

Hansen Bursic Film is a boutique documentary production company dedicated to uplifting new narratives, helmed by award-winning filmmaker and journalist Hansen Bursic.

About Hansen

Hansen Bursic (he/him) is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, film festival programmer and thought leader in the documentary space. An activist as much as an artist, his work is focused on stories that matter, told ethically both behind and in front of the camera.

Growing up outside of Pittsburgh, he broke into the nonfiction space directing documentaries in rural Pennsylvania with local advocacy nonprofits battling some of the first anti-transgender legislation and school policy targeting youth in the state. There he directed his first award-winning documentary, The Toothmans, which screened internationally at festivals including Frameline and won awards from the Lancaster International Short Film Festival and The Foundation for The Contemporary Family. His work culminated in leading a media campaign and directing several documentaries for Pennsylvania Values, an advocacy campaign to add sexuality, gender identity, and expression to Pennsylvania’s state nondiscrimination protections.

Bursic now lives between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles running Hansen Bursic Film. He was recently named one of the Ford Foundation’s Rockwood Documentary Leadership Fellows and a 2023 Temple University 30 Under 30. His latest film, Trans Heaven, Pennsylvania, was funded through the Creative Hope Initiative, an incubator for emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers sponsored by Traverse32 and Outfest. It’s set to be released in 2024.

Beyond filmmaking, he currently serves as a programmer for the ReelQ LGBTQ+ Film Festival and Rust Belt & Appalachia Documentary Film Festival. He is also an award-winning journalist and film critic with bylines in Documentary magazine, cinéSPEAK and INTO and sits on board of the NLGJA: LGBTQ+ Journalism Association’s Los Angeles Chapter.