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Celebrated American documentarian who gradually amassed a considerable reputation and a devoted audience with a series of reassuringly traditional meditations on Americana. Burns' works are treasure troves of archival materials; he skillfully utilizes period music and footage, photographs, periodicals and ordinary people's correspondence, the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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  Muhammad Ali (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer) (filming)
 2017 The Vietnam War (TV Series documentary) (producer - 10 episodes) (announced)
- Episode #1.10 ... (producer)
- Episode #1.9 ... (producer)
- Episode #1.8 ... (producer)
- Episode #1.7 ... (producer)
- Episode #1.6 ... (producer)
 2016 Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (Documentary) (executive producer) / (producer)
  Jackie Robinson (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer - 2 episodes, 2016) (producer - 2 episodes, 2016)
- Jackie Robinson: Part Two (2016) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Jackie Robinson: Part One (2016) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
 2015 Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 3 episodes)
- Finding an Achilles Heel (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Ep Two: The Blind Men and the Elephant (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Magic Bullets (2015) ... (executive producer)
  The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 5 episodes, 2014) (producer - 3 episodes, 2014)
- The Common Cause (1939-1944) (2014) ... (executive producer)
- The Rising Road (1933-1939) (2014) ... (executive producer)
- The Storm (1920-1933) (2014) ... (executive producer)
- The Fire of Life (1910-1919) (2014) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- In the Arena (1901-1910) (2014) ... (producer)
 2012 The Central Park Five (Documentary) (executive producer: Florentine Films) / (producer)
  The Dust Bowl (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer - 4 episodes, 2012) (producer - 2 episodes, 2012)
- The Hardy Ones (2012) ... (executive producer)
- Dust to Eat (2012) ... (executive producer)
- Reaping the Whirlwind (2012) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- The Great Plow Up (2012) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
  Prohibition (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer - 2 episodes, 2011) (producer - 1 episode, 2011)
- A Nation of Hypocrites (2011) ... (executive producer)
- A Nation of Scofflaws (2011) ... (executive producer)
- A Nation of Drunkards (2011) ... (producer)
  Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer - 9 episodes, 1994) (producer - 3 episodes, 1994 - 2010)
- The Tenth Inning: Bottom of the Tenth (2010) ... (producer)
- The Tenth Inning: Top of the Tenth (2010) ... (producer)
- Home (1994) ... (executive producer)
- A Whole New Ballgame (1994) ... (executive producer)
- The Capital of Baseball (1994) ... (executive producer)
  The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer - 6 episodes, 2009) (producer - 6 episodes, 2009)
- The Morning of Creation: 1946-1980 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Great Nature: 1933-1945 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Going Home: 1920-1933 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- The Empire of Grandeur: 1915-1919 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- The Last Refuge: 1890-1915 (2009) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
 2008 Medal of Honor (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
  The War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer - 7 episodes, 2007) (producer - 7 episodes, 2007)
- A World Without War: March 1945 - September 1945 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- Pride of Our Nation: June 1944 - August 1944 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- A Deadly Calling: November 1943 - June 1944 (2007) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
 2003 Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 2001 Mark Twain (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 2001 Jazz (TV Mini-Series documentary) (producer - 4 episodes)
- The True Welcome: 1929-1934 (2001) ... (producer)
- Our Language: 1924 -1929 (2001) ... (producer)
- The Gift: 1917-1924 (2001) ... (producer)
- Gumbo: Beginnings to 1917 (2001) ... (producer)
 2000 Biography (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters (2000) ... (executive producer)
 1999 Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... (producer)
 1998 Frank Lloyd Wright (Documentary) (executive producer) / (producer)
 1997 Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer) / (producer)
 1997 Thomas Jefferson (TV Mini-Series documentary) (producer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... (producer)
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... (producer)
  The West (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 9 episodes, 1996) (senior producer - 8 episodes, 1996) (series producer - 1 episode, 1996)
- Ghost Dance (1996) ... (executive producer) / (senior producer)
- One Sky Above Us (1996) ... (executive producer) / (senior producer)
- The Geography of Hope (1996) ... (executive producer) / (senior producer)
- Fight No More Forever (1996) ... (executive producer) / (senior producer)
- The Grandest Enterprise Under God (1996) ... (executive producer) / (series producer)
 1991 Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (Documentary) (producer)
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer - 9 episodes)
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... (executive producer)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... (executive producer)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... (executive producer)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... (executive producer)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... (executive producer)
 1990 American Experience (TV Series documentary) (co-producer - 1 episode)
- Lindbergh (1990) ... (co-producer)
 1988 The Congress (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1988 Thomas Hart Benton (TV Movie) (producer)
 1985 The Statue of Liberty (Documentary) (producer)
 1985 Huey Long (Documentary) (producer)
 1984 The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (Documentary) (producer)
 1981 Brooklyn Bridge (Documentary) (producer)
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Show Show Thanks (9 credits)
Show Show Self (47 credits)

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Other Works:

Book (with D. C. Ward): "Jazz: A History of America's Music"

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Kenneth Lauren Burns

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on the cinematic shooting of still photography] That's the DNA for everything I've done for the past thirty-five years. That attempt to look at a photograph and see time. To hear movement and sound, then search for the close-up, a tilt, a pan, a reveal. To create what the auteurs called 'mise en scene'. I wanted to be one of those auteurs when I was growing up, and abandoned it for the sheer ... See more »

Trivia:

Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 136, pages 59-67. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005. See more »

Trademark:

The slow zoom in or out, and/or pan right or left has been called "The Ken Burns Effect" due to his powerful use of this technique. While not developed by him, it has been included in iMovie and iPhoto by Apple Computers with the name "Ken Burns Effect" See more »

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