Muhammad Ali called himself the greatest, and filmmaker Ken Burns, director of the upcoming PBS documentary series about the boxing champion, “global icon and inspiration,” is not one to disagree. The four-part, eight-hour series titled simply Muhammad Ali airs on consecutive nights on PBS beginning Sept. 19. (AP photo/John Rooney)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is being honored in Philadelphia with an award from the Museum of the American Revolution. The museum announced Thursday that Burns will receive the Gerry Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award. The museum says the award honors Burns’ “lifetime of work advancing understanding of our national history […]
Even in a fractious era, the filmmaker still believes that his documentaries can bring every viewer in. “Documentaries are traditionally advocacy,” Burns says. He sees his films as acts of “emotional archeology” that aspire to be art. When Paula Kerger, PBS’s president, recently introduced Burns in Los Angeles, she quoted a tweet that described him as “the Marvel Studios of PBS.”
The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died last June.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brothers and fellow filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns have received an honorary prize from the New-York Historical Society. The Burns siblings, whose many credits together and separately include documentaries on the Pilgrims, baseball and New York, were presented with the society’s History Makers Award at a gala benefit Monday night in […]
The two-part film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon airs Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on most PBS stations. The first part details Robinson’s early life and his baseball career, when he became the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947. The second part is more complex, showing Robinson navigating a civil rights era that he helped put in motion.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, known for long-form explorations of all-American subjects such as the Civil War and baseball, was named Tuesday as grand marshal of the 2016 Rose Parade. The announced was made as the Tournament of Roses prepares the 126th edition of the annual floral spectacle next New Year’s Day […]
Cancer is perhaps the most-feared of all diseases — which is exactly why Ken Burns sees it as a vital topic, if never a welcome one. The three-part, six-hour Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, premieres on PBS stations on Monday. It traces the story of the disease from its earliest accounts in ancient Egypt to the latest scientific breakthroughs and their impact on real-life patients.
PBS said last month’s seven, two-hour episodes of The Roosevelts from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers, giving PBS its highest weekly viewer average since 1994, when Burns’ series Baseball aired.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – PBS documentary maker Ken Burns is examining the roots of country music and how it has changed through the present day for a multi-episode series on public broadcasting. Country fans have a wait ahead of them, though. PBS said Monday that Burns’ country music project isn’t set to air until 2018. […]
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – PBS says a Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt family is in the works for 2014. “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” is a seven-part documentary that runs 14 hours long. It will focus on three members of the political family: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, and President […]
Ken Burns will produce a 10-12 hour documentary about the history “and meaning” of the Vietnam War, PBS announced Monday. The series, PBS said, will explore the military, political, cultural, social and human “dimensions” of what has been called “the war of lost illusions.”