We Live This
James Burns 2015

Friday Jul 8, 2016

Industry City
Sunset Park
274 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
D, N, R to 36 St

8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Jay Boogie
9:00PMFilms Begin
10:30PMQ & A with Filmmakers
11:00PMAfter Party Sponsored by Stella Artois


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We Live This (James Burns | NY | 10 min.)

Official Link: http://www.jamesburns.nyc/




Four boys who make up a dance crew called 'We Live This' perform regularly in the dark underground subway system beneath the vibrant and bold city they love and grew up in. Day after day these boys follow their dreams by dancing in the rail cars that connect New Yorkers to each other and to the city above. Each young man has a personal story to tell. Why they do this is both cathartic and evolutionary. The “in your face” style of these subway performers knock their built in New York audience off it’s center by demanding attention. For some it’s the light of their day, but for others it’s the bane of their existence. For the boys, it’s their freedom of expression and their right to share it.


James Burns, 28, didn't go to film school. He spent time in solitary confinement at age six, and was later incarcerated at an adult facility in Colorado when he was still a minor, spending years in the criminal justice system. After his release, James Co-Produced, and developed the feature film Jamesy Boy, starring Marry Louise Parker, James Woods, and Ving Rhymes, which was based on his early life story. As a filmmaker, Burns' first short documentary, We Live This, took the Special Jury Mention at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. In his directorial feature debut, Revolving Doors, Burns explores a world he is all too familiar with, profiling three men in Baltimore at various stages of the criminal justice system.

Burns has been a spokesperson for the ACLU, profiled on programs like Huffington Post Live and Dr. Phill, and most recently began Producing his first documentary series for VICE entitled Crime Pays. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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