Kenneth L. Burns

Florentine Films
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Ken Burns, cofounder of Florentine Films, is a director and producer of documentary films. His first film for PBS was the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge (1981). During the 1980s he made several other award-winning films, including The Shakers; Statue of Liberty, also nominated for an Oscar; Huey Long, which enjoyed a rare theatrical release; The Congress; and Thomas Hart Benton. Burns has also produced and directed three films - William Segal, Vézelay, and In the Marketplace - which explore the questions of seeing, searching and being through the work and teachings of philosopher and painter William Segal. His notable, multi-episode series include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009). Burns’s films have won thirteen Emmy Awards and earned two Oscar nominations, and in 2008 he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Future projects include films on the Roosevelts, Jackie Robinson, the Vietnam War, and country music. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

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