Ken Burns

Ken Burns
Burns in 2018
Kenneth Lauren Burns

(1953-07-29) July 29, 1953 (age 66)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
ResidenceWalpole, New Hampshire, U.S.
Alma materHampshire College
Years active1970–present
Notable work
The Civil War
The War
The National Parks: America's Best Idea
The Roosevelts
The Vietnam War
Political partyDemocratic
Amy Stechler Burns (m. 1982–1993)

Julie Deborah Brown (m. 2003)
Children4, including

Kenneth Lauren Burns[1] (born July 29, 1953)[1] is an American filmmaker, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films. His widely known documentary series include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Roosevelts (2014), and The Vietnam War (2017). He was also executive producer of both The West (1996, directed by Stephen Ives), and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015, directed by Barak Goodman).[2]

Burns' documentaries have earned two Academy Award nominations (for 1981's Brooklyn Bridge and 1985's Statue Of Liberty)[3][4] and have won several Emmy Awards, among other honors.[5]

Early life and education

Burns was born on July 29, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Lyla Smith (née Tupper) Burns,[6] a biotechnician,[7] and Robert Kyle Burns, at the time a graduate student in cultural anthropology at Columbia University in Manhattan.[6] The documentary filmmaker Ric Burns is his younger brother.[8][9]

Burns' academic family moved frequently. Among places they called home were Saint-Véran, France; Newark, Delaware; and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his father taught at the University of Michigan.[7] Burns' mother was found to have breast cancer when he was three, and she died when he was 11,[7] a circumstance that he said helped shape his career; he credited his father-in-law, a psychologist, with a significant insight: "He told me that my whole work was an attempt to make people long gone come back alive."[7] Well-read as a child, he absorbed the family encyclopedia, preferring history to fiction.

Upon receiving an 8 mm film movie camera for his 17th birthday, he shot a documentary about an Ann Arbor factory. He graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor in 1971.[10] Turning down reduced tuition at the University of Michigan, he attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where students are graded through narrative evaluations rather than letter grades and where students create self-directed academic concentrations instead of choosing a traditional major.[7] He worked in a record store to pay his tuition. Living on as little as $2,500 for two years in Walpole, New Hampshire[11] he would study under photographers Jerome Liebling, Elaine Mayes, and others. Burns earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies and design[12] in 1975.[7]

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