Goldie “Red” Burns

Goldie "Red" Burns

Goldie “Red” Burns (1925 -2013) was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and was the youngest of the three children of two Russian immigrants. Her hair color inspired her nickname Red. When she graduated from high school early at the age of 16, her parents considered her too young to go to college so she went to Montreal for an internship at the National Film Board of Canada where she trained as a documentary filmmaker.

Red began her interest in social uses of technology, including the possibility that everybody could make documentaries, when she attended, in 1970, a demonstration of the Sony portapak camera, the first portable video camera.

Red was the co-founder and chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Until her death in 2013 at the age of 88, Red continued to research and teach and was the Principal Investigator on two Intel and Microsoft-funded major research projects.

Read her entire biography.


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