Ken Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York. He founded a production company called Florentine Films and began making documentary films. In 1981, his film Brooklyn Bridge earned him an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. He has gone on to make many other films that have aired on PBS such as The Civil War, Baseball and Jazz. His recent projects include 2014’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and recently released Viet Nam. He is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of our time. Burns became nationally known with his epic 1990 documentary The Civil War. When it aired on public television, this 11-hour-long opus on the battle between the North and the South drew roughly 40 million viewers. Critics raved about the program, which went on to earn two Emmy Awards. Burns turned another famous military conflict with 2007’s The War. This documentary explores World War II through the personal stories of a group of men and women from four different communities. In 2009, Burns brought viewers some of the country’s most breathtaking vistas with The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
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