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Meet the Filmakers

KEN BURNS, director and producer of Mark Twain, has been making award-winning documentary films for more than twenty years. He was director of the landmark PBS series The Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz and executive producer of The West. His other films include the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge; The Shakers; The Statue of Liberty (also nominated for an Oscar); Huey Long; Thomas Hart Benton; The Congress; Empire of the Air; Thomas Jefferson; Lewis & Clark; Frank Lloyd Wright; and Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. His next documentary, Horatio’s Drive, will follow the first transcontinental automobile trip. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Ken Burns

Ken Burns
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DAYTON DUNCAN, producer and co-writer of Mark Twain, is an award-winning author and filmmaker. He has been involved in Ken Burns’ documentary films for more than a decade and was the co-writer and consulting producer of the PBS series The West and the writer and producer of Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. A former newspaper reporter and magazine writer, Duncan is also the author of seven books about American history, including Out West: A Journey Through Lewis and Clark’s America and four companion books to his and Burns' documentary films. He and Burns are currently collaborating on a film about the first automobile trip across the United States, which occurred in 1903. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Dayton Duncan

Dayton Duncan
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