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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 25 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Vietnam (TV Series documentary) (producer) (pre-production)
 2013 Jack Johnson (TV Mini-Series) (executive producer) (pre-production)
  The Dust Bowl (TV Mini-Series documentary) (executive producer - 2 episodes, 2012) (producer - 2 episodes, 2012)
- Reaping the Whirlwind (2012) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
- The Great Plow Up (2012) ... (executive producer) / (producer)
 2012 The Central Park Five (Documentary) (executive producer: Florentine Films) / (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)
 2000 Biography (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters (2000) ... (executive producer)
 1998 Frank Lloyd Wright (Documentary) (executive producer) / (producer)
 1997 Thomas Jefferson (TV Mini-Series documentary) (producer)
 1997 Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (TV Special documentary) (executive producer) / (producer)
 1996 The West (TV Series documentary) (executive producer) / (senior 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 The 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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Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

4 Interviews | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Kenneth Lauren Burns
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Personal Quote:

I can look at a still photograph of building the Brooklyn Bridge and hear the workers hammering, the seagulls in the East River, the steam compressors hauling up big blocks of stone. You take an old photograph and you realize it has a past, it has a future. So what would it mean to go inside it? See more »

Trivia:

Attended Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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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