Kevin Lee Burton


My greatest goal is to create a fluid connection between traditional and technological ideas, so that the word “contemporary” is diminished to the mere segregation that it really is. Then we can start creating from self-expression rather than self-definition.

Kevin Lee Burton (Swampy Cree) is an award winning director, originally from God’s Lake Narrows, MB. Starting out in film+video, Kevin has migrated into various art genres, including Interactive, Installation and Photography. In 2007 his experimental film Nikamowin (Song) received the Best Experimental and Best Indigenous Language Production awards at the ImgineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto and went on to be named as part of the Toronto International Film Festival Group’s Top 10 list in 2008. Kevin has worked with the National Film Board of Canada; creating his short film Writing the Land, and co-creating Gods Lake Narrows Interactive which won a Webby award. Kevin was listed as Canada’s Top 20 to watch by the Victoria Film Festival in 2008.

Kevin has worked as program assistant for the Native and Indigenous Initiative at the Sundance Institute in Beverly Hills, California and is an associate programmer for Out On Screen’s IndigeQUEER program in Vancouver. He is also a founding member of the ITWĒ and Mamaweyas Collectives. Trained at an all- Aboriginal training Program (Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program) in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Kevin has been carving a niche in working with his ancestral language, Cree. Kevin is originally from God’s Lake Narrows First Nation in Manitoba, Canada.