Ken Burns: America’s StorytellerKen Burns loves America. The Brooklyn-born filmmaker’s passion for his country is evident in his award-winning films for PBS, which have encompassed American characters (Mark Twain, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Roosevelts), American pastimes (baseball, jazz), American icons (the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty), and our most momentous historical events (the Civil War, the Dust Bowl, Prohibition). Since the nomination of Brooklyn Bridge for an Academy Award in 1982, Ken Burns has gone on to direct some of the most acclaimed and commercially successful documentaries ever made.
Burns has been aptly described as “America’s storyteller.” He might also be called America’s pre-eminent conversationalist, for over the course of almost 40 years he has carried on a deep and probing conversation with Americans about themselves and their country, its past and its future. Perhaps more than anyone else in the modern age, he has elevated documentary filmmaking to an art form and made American history rise up and pulsate with life.
Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker and an exclusive look at the upcoming production THE VIETNAM WAR.