Ken Burns
Evan Barlow/PBS
United States
2019

Florentine Films

Ken
Burns

Director / Producer

Since 1981, Burns has earned widespread acclaim for his deep-dive, straightforwardly named documentaries exploring American culture, from “The Brooklyn Bridge” and “The Statue of Liberty” (both Oscar nominated) to “The Civil War,” “Jazz” and this fall’s “Country Music.” Upcoming, backed by longtime corporate underwriter Bank of America, Burns has biographies of Ernest Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, Muhammad Ali and Lyndon B. Johnson and films on the American Revolution and the Holocaust. He’s executive producing “Ken Burns Presents” films directed by colleagues, including Lynn Novick’s “College Behind Bars,” Sarah Burns and David MacMahon’s “East Lake Meadows” (about the history of public housing) and Barak Goodman’s “The Gene” (on the human genome). In March, the Library of Congress/Lavine Ken Burns Prize, an annual $200,000 grant for historical documentaries, was established.

Career

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

Education

  • Hampshire College (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Ken Burns, Library of Congress to Present Documentary Award to 'Flannery'

Ken Burns, Library of Congress to Present Documentary Award to 'Flannery'

Documentarian Ken Burns is partnering with the Library of Congress and two philanthropic organizations to present a new award to "Flannery," a documentary about Flannery O'Connor.Filmmaker Elizabeth Coffman and Jesuit priest Mark Bosco will be presented the first Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film on Oct. 17 at the library. The award includes a $200,000 grant to finish the film."'Flannery' is an extraordinary documentary that allows us to follow the creative process of one of our country's greatest writers,"...

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