Hello! I'm Leigh. I'm a freelance editor, animator, and filmmaker based in Chicago. I started my career working in book publishing in New York City. First at HarperCollins Publishers, then at Penguin Random House. I followed my love of storytelling to Seattle in 2014 to begin the Communication Leadership (CommLead) Graduate Program at the University of Washington. There I produced short documentaries and audio stories about things like the longest-running dance music station in the world run by high school students, a sea captain, an eight-time Jeopardy! champion that used his winnings to open a book store five miles from Amazon's corporate headquarters, and the slow demise of a Missouri town. 

I was also the editor on In the Council of Women, a documentary from filmmaker Patricia Boiko about the women of the Pankisi Valley, a Muslim region in Georgia near the Chechen border. In 2016 my short doc Superfan, about a die-hard Seattle SuperSonics fan, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and later screened on Alaska Airlines flights.

Since then I have worked as an editor and animator on videos for companies such as Allstate, Sears, PMI, Regions, Wells Fargo, and Truist Financial. I love using these skills to help shape the story. In my free time I enjoy using animation as a tool to create audio-driven short docs—I'm currently working on one in which I dissect my mom's middle school diaries. When I'm not at my desk I spend a lot of time walking around my neighborhood, listening to podcasts, and pestering my grey cat, Huey.

My work has been featured in The Seattle Times, NPR, NBC Seattle, Tacoma Weekly, The News Tribune, SB NATION, at film festivals, and TEDxKC.

I am available for new projects! Write me at hi@leighburmesch.com.

Chicago REEL Shorts Film Fest - Audience Choice Award 2016
Chicago REEL Shorts Film Fest - Best Documentary 2016
University of Washington - Story Award