Ken Burns
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United States
2018

Florentine Films

Ken
Burns

Director / Producer

After the success of 1990’s “The Civil War,” Burns became a PBS mainstay, an institutional pillar chronicling influential events and figures in U.S. history, including the Roosevelts, Frank Lloyd Wright and Thomas Jefferson. His output has grown as he’s become executive producer on others’ projects, with co-writing and co-directing daughter Sarah’s “Central Park Five” and co-directing Artemis Joukowsky’s “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” among his duties. But the filmmaker behind “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The War” and “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” still produces his own resonant work, such as last year’s 10-part, 18-hour “The Vietnam War,” made with frequent collaborator Lynn Novick. His next film effort is 2019’s “Country Music,” exploring the genre all the way back to 1923.

Career

  • THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE
  • THE VIETNAM WAR
  • THE CIVIL WAR

Education

  • Hampshire College (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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