Born On This Day — April 13, 1944

Charles Burnett

I see myself as a person who makes films about people, their conflicts, their condition, their failures and successes, the things that resonate—things that seem simple, but have universal meaning. To share experiences—that’s what art is for. I see film as more of an art form than a commercial thing. I think because I come from a segregated experience, there’s a need to tell stories other than mainstream stories. You could say, ‘The stories you’re doing are about predominately black subject matter,’ but they are still about the American experience.

—Charles Burnett