Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017)

Tom Hanks hosts a tribute to acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns that explores the breadth and depth of his work, talks to many of his collaborators, and looks at his filmmaking process to understand how he makes American History come to life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Himself - Host
Ken Burns ... Himself - Director / Producer
Sam Waterston ... Himself - Actor
George Lucas ... Himself - Filmmaker
Wynton Marsalis ... Himself - Musician
Yo-Yo Ma ... Himself - Musician
Doris Kearns Goodwin ... Herself - Historian
Meryl Streep ... Herself - Actor
Henry Louis Gates ... Himself - Historian (as Henry Louis Gates Jr.)
Sarah Burns ... Herself - Writer / Director
Buck O'Neil Buck O'Neil ... Himself (archive footage)
Buddy Squires Buddy Squires ... Himself - Cinematographer (as Buddy Squires ASC)
David McCullough ... Himself (archive footage)
Barbara Fields Barbara Fields ... Herself - Historian (archive footage)
Lynn Novick ... Herself - Producer / Director


Tom Hanks hosts a second tribute to acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns that focuses attention on the many single documentaries and short series that Burns has produced over the years. "American Sampler" includes material from the first Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) show plus new material that explores the tremendous depth and breadth of his work with a special emphasis on films about Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, Jackie Robinson and the Roosevelts. This program concludes with a sneak peek at the next project from Burns, a chronicle of the history of American country music that is set for a 2019 release.

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6 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (still photographs and archival footage)

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16:9 HD
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