Ken Burns: America's Storyteller
Ken 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, pastimes, icons 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.
"Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller," is a 60-minute PBS tribute to PBS’ most renowned, respected
and popular filmmaker.
Tom Hanks hosts this special tribute, which features interviews with the following celebrities:
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- Sam Waterston
- Yo-Yo Ma
- George Lucas
- Wynton Marsalis
- Doris Kearns Goodwin
The tribute also includes an extended interview with Ken himself, who will relate personal
behind-the-scenes stories about the making of his films and provide fascinating insights into
his thought processes, philosophy and creative methods.
Clips, photographs, outtakes and
“making of” footage from his works will illustrate the narrative commentary and remind viewers
once again of the great originality and brilliance of the “Ken Burns technique.”