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Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker

"An Evening with Ken Burns"

September 24, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Texas Hall, UT Arlington

*** SOLD OUT ***

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spoke to a sold-out crowd Thursday night in Texas Hall. Burns has made documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.

Burns' most-noted works include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, The War, and National Parks. His newest film, Tenth Inning, is a two-part continuation of the Baseball series that aired 16 years ago to an audience of 48 million viewers. The PBS film, The Tenth Inning, airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 28-29, on KERA Channel 13.

Here's what Burns had to say:

Baseball's uniqueness in sports:
"Baseball reminds you of the fluidity that has made us (Americans)."

Latin and Asian players:
"They turn out to be the best players in the game."

The 1994-95 baseball strike: "The game was bigger than the owners, The game was bigger than the players. We are the owners."

Storytelling techniques: "The laws of good storytelling are the same for the novel, a movie, a documentary film, a news article."

Objective or subjective truth in history: "I don't think there is objective truth. Every generation must find their own."

Still photos or video:
"The still image is the DNA of what we know."

How quickly something becomes "old" in modern society: "There are aspects in our lives that remain. That is what I'm interested in. The stuff that really matters to us."

Bio

Ken Burns

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.

His most-noted works include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, The War, and National Parks. His newest film, Tenth Inning, is a two-part continuation of the Baseball series that aired 16 years ago to an audience of 48 million viewers.