About Burt Weissbourd
Burt began his career producing movies, working closely with screenwriters, then writing his own screenplays.
A newcomer to Hollywood, he approached writers whose movies he loved — movies such as “Klute,” “Two for the Road,” and “Ordinary People” — and worked with those writers and others, including working with Ross Macdonald, a legend in crime fiction, on his only screenplay.
This was the “New Hollywood” (1967 – 1980), and he found writers whose work grabbed viewers viscerally, not with explosions but with multi-dimensional characters who would draw you into a deeply moving story.
Savvy actors wanted to play finely drawn characters in compelling stories, and before long, Burt was developing screenplays, working directly with Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Sally Field, and Jill Clayburg, among others.
As a producer developing a screenplay, you look for stories with strong, complex characters and a “rich stew” — that is to say, a situation with conflict, emotional intensity, and the potential to evolve in unexpected ways. This is exactly what he tries to create for the books he writes.
“All of my books are set in real places. The first, Inside Passage, is set in Seattle and up the Inside Passage in British Columbia. The second, In Velvet, is set in and around Yellowstone Park. Teaser, the sequel to Inside Passage, is also set in and around Seattle. Setting always matters.”
He has spent much of his adult life in three places that require unique skill sets and strong instincts to navigate gracefully: Hollywood, Wall Street (he has run an investment business for the past 20 years), and what he calls “wild country,” places in nature that are off the beaten path. He spends 30 to 50 days per year fly fishing in Montana.
Burt grew up in Chicago and graduated from Yale University with honors in psychology. He volunteered at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and taught English to college students in Thailand. He has lived in Los Angeles, Bainbridge Island, WA, and Seattle.
Burt produced movies including “Ghost Story,” starring Fred Astaire, and “Raggedy Man,” starring Sissy Spacek. He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Dorothy, and has three adult children and a grandson.
"Your writing reminds me a bit of the great Raymond Chandler mysteries, in that there is a tight, clear, hard-hitting prose, coupled with great vulnerability in the characters. Plus, your attention to detail when it comes to settings is precise like Chandler, and helps set a tone." – John McCaffrey in KGB Bar Lit Magazine
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