For the past few weeks, college graduates across the country have accepted their diplomas, bidding their academic years adieu as they embark into the world beyond. But not before listening to a classic commencement speech about the time behind them, and advice for the journey ahead.
At a time when documentaries are getting more attention from mainstream moviegoers, Ken Burns, the documentarian behind epics including “The Civil War,” “Baseball” and two dozen other films, says the best advice he can offer aspiring filmmakers may seem like platitudes.
Join PBS NewsHour for an exclusive Twitter chat with Ken Burns to discuss the making of the series, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” Continue reading
If you’ve been watching the epic documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” on PBS, then you you’ve probably come to know Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor as more than just the iconic leaders of America’s coming of age. They were complicated characters who suffered immense loss, and who cultivated the strength and confidence to lead the country through periods of great transition and great tragedy. But would these historical characters succeed if they were in today’s hot political climate? Filmmaker Burns doesn’t think so. Continue reading
After much pressure, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns agreed to add stories about Hispanics’ role in World War II to his documentary, “The War.” A Latino history professor and a film festival CEO give their views. Continue reading