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Neil Burger

Neil Burger may be best known for writing and directing the critically acclaimed 2006 feature The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel. Burger based his screenplay on the short story Eisenheim the Illusionist by Pulitzer Prizewinning author Steven Millhauser. Burger also wrote and directed Interview with the Assassin (2002), winner in the Best Feature Film category at both the Woodstock Film Festival and Avignon Film Festival, and nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards including Best First Film and Best First Screenplay.

Burger's most recent work was The Lucky Ones, starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins.

Before the transition to feature film, Burger directed commercials for companies such as Mastercard, IBM and ESPN. He created a series of television spots for Amnesty International and their campaign for prisoners of conscience. He also created and directed the award winning campaign Books: Feed Your Head for MTV, which promoted language and literature. A graduate of Yale with a degree in fine arts, Burger currently resides in New York City with his family.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Neil Burger Facts

OccupationDirector, Writer

Selected Filmography

Billions: The Kingmaker
Billions: Pilot
The Illusionist
The Lucky Ones
Divergent: From Book to Screen
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