About Austin Burbridge

Now (Twenty-First Century)

Austin Burbridge is copy chief at TBWA\ Media Arts Lab, the worldwide, bespoke advertising agency for Apple.

He founded Cinema Minima, a publication for movie makers, in 1997. As its executive editor, he instituted its “Sustainable Cinema” educational initiative, and organized its “Far from Hollywood” program, a series of mixers for filmmakers, in Paris and in Mumbai.

Then (Twentieth Century)

Prior to his work in journalism he enjoyed careers in technology, as a software developer, and in business, as an entrepreneur. (He also engaged in a brief flirtation with the movie business, wherein he tried to produce a remake of GILDA but that . . . is a story for another day.)


He learned community-centered filmmaking and direct cinema technique from James Blue and David Hancock at Rice Media Center. As an undergraduate at Brown, he concentrated (“majored”) in semiotics, and art (the two concentrations have since been merged into one, “visual studies”). At the University of Chicago, as a visiting student from Brown, he studied art history under Edward Maser, and anatomy for artists under James Elkins. He is an alumnus of St. John’s School in Houston, Texas.


He likes print, ephemera, and works on paper. He collects stamps. He likes to watch chukkers at Will Rogers Polo Club. He is researching the lives of his great grand uncle, Gilded Age gambler, entrepreneur (and quondam gunfighter) William Thomas “Billy” Burbridge (1854–1912), and of Billy’s daughter, Hazel, the Countess René de Montméja. He lives in Southern California.