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Scott Pelly, the director known for his comprehensive documentaries on American topics, offers a glimpse into how his films were made, the message he wanted to convey with them, and how he became the person he is today.

Director, known for his comprehensive documentaries on American topics, Scott Pelly provides a glimpse into how his films were made, the message he wanted to convey with them and how he became the person he is today

With such a bleak election, tonight we turn to a man who tells the story of America with all its divisions and fights for unity. Ken Burns’s documentaries range from « Civil War » to « baseball » and Vietnam and last year « country music » « Burns calls himself an archaeologist Emotional digging into lost love letters, forgotten images, and overlooked heroes Deep Searches, viewers can feel like strangers discovering America for the first time his films wonder what it means to be American so, we asked, What does it mean to be Ken Burns?

Ken Burns: I’ve had the privilege to spend my whole life making films about U, Capital U, Capital S but I’ve also had the privilege of making films about « we, » the plural pronoun of two letters, small and small, which has a kind of intimacy and warmth towards it

Scott Bailey: In « Country Music, » Merle Haggard says, country music is about « the things we believe in but cannot see, like dreams and songs » –

Ken Burns: He tells us that there is a kind of rational world in front of us, in which one and one always equals two, but the thing that drives us forward as human beings is that we are looking for one and one is equal to three. We find that in our faith. We find that in our art. We find that in Our love for each other and I think one of the things that I discovered while working on “country music” is that when I understood this dynamic between U and us, in lowercase, in uppercase, I realized that we are just, not them.

“Us,” the American struggle to form a union of diversity, has been Ken Burns’s obsession since he was 11 at the end of this lane in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1965, his mother was dying of cancer at the same time as the fight for Equality in critical condition

Ken Burns: Before my mom died, I was watching and hearing from the other room about dogs and fire hoses in Salma and it would make me upset, upset in my intuition, like worrying about my mom and it was like I was transmitting the cancer that was killing my family, the cancer that was It was killing my country and if you look at my movies, nearly 40 of them, you can count on the fingers of one hand the number of never-ending sweat movies

One of his early films was « The Statue of Liberty » and « The Congress » « but Ken Burns did not want America’s affection until he was seven years old.

39 million viewers watched the movie « The Civil War », an 11-hour epic that immortalized a love letter and Waltz.

The lament appeared written as the result of a letter that Union soldier Sullivan Paloo wrote to his wife, a week before his death

« Civil War » episode 1: I will always be with you on the darkest day, on the darkest night always, and always, and when a light breeze caresses your cheek, my breath is, or the cold air that is pounding my skeleton is my soul fleeting

Ken Burns: I think every man wishes he could say these words to the woman he loves, and every woman wishes her husband would say it

Burns films are a message to the country he loves, but not out of blind dedication and affection that still persists after facing the shame of founding America

Ken Burns’ novel in « Thomas Jefferson »: We consider these facts to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and yet he possessed more than 200 human beings and never sought to liberate them

Ken Burns: I told people that « baseball » is a sequel to « The Civil War, » and I meant that I meant that how we play games, the nature of immigration, the exclusion of women, popular culture, advertising, heroes, villains, our imagination, race, Race, Race are who we are.

Ken Burns: The first real progress in civil rights occurred after the Civil War when Jack Roosevelt Robinson, the grandson of a slave, made his way to first base in Epits Field on April 15, 1947.Then there is no doubt that the baseball story will start with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the failure of Reconstruction and move to that moment

Ken Burns’ moment came in 1981 with his first topic, The Brooklyn Bridge, which no one thought was a good idea.

Ken Burns: Yeah and I look like I’m 12 so, I was trying to raise money and they were saying, « This kid is trying to sell me the Brooklyn Bridge! »

PBS bought « The Brooklyn Bridge » and Burns styled his style, animate the frozen images at the right time and gave them a sound

Famous voices volunteer to star in Ken Burns movie Meryl Streep as Eleanor Roosevelt Tom Hanks in « War »

It’s the beat of a filmmaker who doesn’t live in New York or Los Angeles, but rather on 50 acres of Walpole, New Hampshire where even apples have a history

Of course they are. We met Burns before the pandemic. He was 67 years old. He has four daughters from two marriages but his longest relationship, four decades, was with PBS

Ken Burns: I’m lucky to have a TV show. Tomorrow I can go to a premium channel or place, a live streaming service, and get 30 million dollars to do Vietnam but nobody will say, « You can take 10 and a half years, Ken. »


He can take his time because he raises money and runs his own company, Florentine Films producers, writers, historians, editors and photographers make half a dozen films at a time so that Burns can release one movie a year even though a series like « Country Music » takes eight years. To finish

Scott Pelley: I’ve listened to 15,000 songs, entered over 100,000 still images, and gave 101 camera interviews. Why all this?

Ken Burns: One might think filmmaking is an additive process. You’re building this isn’t it. It’s a subtraction. The best metaphor I know is that we make maple syrup here in this city and it takes 40 gallons of maple syrup to make one gallon of sap. That’s what the process is.

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Burns wrapped up the history of Mark Twain, the national parks, plus 18 hours of Vietnam and 19 hours of jazz

Wynton Marsalis: Kane’s films touch upon something at the core of our myths, in who we were at our best and at our worst, and who we want to be

Composer Wynton Marsalis collaborated on « jazz » and « country music » « Marsalis is New York Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and an expert in improvisation with Ken Burns

Winton Marsalis: It’s going to be vibrating, and that’ll be the fourth year of something, and it’s going to be 1:00 in the morning after you’ve been working since 9:00 in the morning so it’s now 1:00, so – and it’s still like, « No, No, here we need – here, we need that, ‘And we see like someone with this kind of energy and on fire like that – as he got older it got worse

Winton Marsalis: You know, for me, I always see like children if you can keep this childish dread and question and think you can change things, if you can maintain it, and that’s what I see in it

Ken Burns: I don’t think I had a childhood I mean, I did, and I had happy moments but my mother got cancer very early and this was the shadow that was cast on my brother and my childhood we also had a mentally unsound father He was an effective person, but he He was an unhappy man, and –

Burns was 39 years old when he realized that he was trapped behind the wall he had built to protect himself from the death of his mother. The revelation came from his father-in-law.

Ken Burns: And he said, « I bet you blew your candles out when you were a kid, as a boy, wished you would come back? » And I said, « Yes, how did you know? » Then he said, “Look what you do for a living, you awaken the dead you make Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Robinson come to life Who do you think you really want to wake up?” So, I called my brother, and we cried, and we said we have to find my mom

They had to find her because she was buried in a poor, unmarked grave with 28 souls just because Burns’ father never recovered her ashes from the funeral home

Like searching for a story, Kane and his brother, director Rick traced their history to the mass grave where they put up a monument to Lyla Burns

Ken Burns: Being able to say to the world, « This is us, » would not have been possible without her melting pot of illness and death and even that long wilderness of not being handled and dealt with. I think it made me a better filmmaker

A filmmaker working on chapters on a single subject because Burns found, as Walt Whitman writes, « These cases are the most comprehensive poem »

Ken Burns: I’m working on seven films now. I mean, we have Ernest Hemingway, we have Muhammad Ali, we have Benjamin Franklin, we have biographies for LBJ, we are making a history of the American Revolution and a biography of Buffalo

Together, they are the story of a people striving for union, a theme that Ken Burns discovered from his first movie which was, after all, about a bridge connecting America to America

Ken Burns: This is what stories do. They free us from the tyranny of our limitations, our pasts, our vulnerabilities, and this is what we humans do to negotiate this very short passage that we call life and I’m so grateful because I live in the United States of America. About us, we feel

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