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Charles Burnett is an African-American film director, writer, actor and cinematographer best known for the films Killer of Sheep and To Sleep with Anger.
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Two years later, Burnett directed the TV movie Relative Stranger, starring Cicely Tyson and Eriq La Salle.
While he has yet to become a famous director along the lines of Spike Lee, Burnett has been a highly influential filmmaker, and his works have served as an inspiration to countless others. The Museum of Modern Art in New York held a retrospective of Burnett's work in 2011. That same year,
the University Press of Mississippi published Charles Burnett: Interviews.
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