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Documentary Filmmaker KEN BURNS: America’s Storyteller by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Ken Burns was born on July 29, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. He is one of the most important documentary filmmakers of all time, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films. He is considered America’s storyteller. His first documentary film the Brooklyn Bridge, released on November 8, 1981, was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Please view our list of his films and awards.


Brooklyn Bridge: 1981

The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God: 1984

The Statue of Liberty: 1985

Huey Long: 1985

The Congress: 1988

Thomas Hart Benton: 1988

The Civil War: 1990

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio: 1991

Baseball: 1994, updated with The Tenth Inning: 2010

The West: 1996

Thomas Jefferson: 1997

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery: 1997

Frank Lloyd Wright, with Lynn Novick: 1998

Not For Ourselves Alone: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: 1999

Jazz: 2001

Mark Twain: 2001

Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip: 2003

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson: 2005

The War: 2007

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: 2009

Prohibition, with Lynn Novick: 2011

The Dust Bowl: 2012

The Central Park Five: 2012

Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit: 2013

The Address: 2014

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: 2014

Jackie Robinson: 2016

Defying the Nazis The Sharps’ War: 2016

Future releases:

Vietnam, with Lynn Novick: 2017

Country Music: 2018

Ernest Hemingway: 2019

Stand-up Comedy: TBA

Ken Burns – Executive producer:

The West: 1996, directed by Stephen Ives

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies: 2015, directed by Barak Goodman

Short films:

William Segal: 1992

Vezelay: 1996

In the Marketplace: 2000

His Film role– Gettysburg: 1993 —Hancock’s staff officer


Ken Burns’s documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards and have won Emmy Awards, among other honors. Awards:

1982 nomination, Academy Award for Documentary Feature: Brooklyn Bridge- 1981

1986 nomination, Academy Award for Documentary Feature: The Statue of Liberty- 1985

1995 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series: Baseball- 1994

2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-fiction Series: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea- 2009

The Civil War, 1990, has received more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, the Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, a People’s Choice Award, a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a D. W. Griffith Award, and the $50,000 Lincoln Prize.

As of 2010, there is a Ken Burns Wing at the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography and Video at Hampshire College.

In 2004, Burns received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

In 2012, Burns received the Washington University International Humanities Medal.The medal, awarded biennially and accompanied by a cash prize of $25,000, is given to honor a person whose humanistic endeavors in scholarship, journalism, literature, or the arts have made a difference in the world. Past winners include Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk in 2006, journalist Michael Pollan in 2008, and novelist and nonfiction writer Francine Prose in 2010.

In 2013, Burns received the John Steinbeck Award, an award presented annually by Steinbeck’s eldest son, Thomas, in collaboration with the John Steinbeck Family Foundation, San Jose State University, and The National Steinbeck Center.

The National Endowment for the Humanities selected Burns to deliver the 2016 Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities, on the topic of race in America.

Burns is the recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees.

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