Barnes attended The New York University Institute of Film and
Television from 1969 - 1973 and studied under experimental filmmaker
Len Lye and documentarian George Stoney. While still a student,
he was chosen to edit a federally funded film on pre-school
education, and he's been editing ever since. Some of the most
noteworthy films from Paul's career are: Wasn't That A Time!,
for which he won Best Documentary Editing for 1982 from American
Cinema Editors; Say Amen Somebody, which was accepted
at the prestigious New York Film Festival; and The Thin
Blue Line, which was chosen as the best documentary of
1988 by the New York Film Critics.
Since 1984 when he edited The Statue of Liberty (which
was nominated for an Academy Award), Paul Barnes has collaborated
with Ken Burns of Florentine Films. Their partnership has produced
some of the most seminal work in the history of documentary
filmmaking. The Civil War premiered in September 1990,
and became the highest rated series in the history of PBS. It
won more than forty major film and television awards, including
two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, The Peabody Award and the
Lincoln Prize. Since then, Paul has gone on to edit or supervise
the editing on most of Burns’s films, including: Baseball;
Empire of the Air; Thomas
Jefferson; and Lewis
and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.
In May, 1997, Paul began producing his first film with Ken Burns,
the story of suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.
For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and
Susan B. Anthony aired in November 1999. Most recently,
Paul was the supervising editor on the ten-part Burns production
on the history of jazz music. JAZZ
aired in January 2001.
Besides editing and producing responsibilities, Paul Barnes
has also held teaching positions in the film departments at
New York University and Keene State College. Paul was born in
Everett, Massachusetts in February, 1951 and presently resides
in Bellows Falls, Vermont.