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Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker
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Net worth 2018: $1.5 Million
Residence: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S
Country: United States
BirthDay: 29 July 1953
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Height: 1.7 m
Education: Hampshire College

Ken Burns was bornon 29 July 1953 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S, American, is Documentary Filmmaker. Ken Burns is one of the most influential documentary-makers ever. Over the years, he has consistently churned out documentaries on diverse subjects, many of which also highlight social issues. While growing up, his deep interest in history provided the foundation for many of his historical films later. His passion for film-making was ignited as a teenager, when he was gifted an 8 mm movie camera. With the discovery of his passion, he pursued it with all his heart and joined ‘Film Studies and Design’. After graduation, he started a production company and achieved success with his very first film, ‘Brooklyn Bridge’, which was also nominated for an Oscar. His subsequent films cemented his reputation with diverse topics and incorporating a unique style. But it was his first miniseries, painstakingly made over five years that propelled him to iconic status. ‘The Civil War’, a documentary film, broke a host of television records, bagged numerous awards and established Burns as a respected film maker. Since then, Burns has made several documentaries on various topics. One of his most salient features is that he performs multiple roles of director, producer, cinematographer etc. in his films.


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The film was about the Western United States in the second half of 19th century


He was gifted an 8 mm video camera for his 17th birthday, following which he filmed a documentary about a factory in Ann Arbor


Another film, ‘The Address’ is set for a 2014 release


His most recent works are ‘The Dust Bowl’ and ‘The Central Park Five’, both of which were released in 2012


In 2011, the miniseries ‘Prohibition’, co-directed by Burns with Lynn Novick, was released


In 2009, he again showed his penchant for diversity with his next film, ‘The National Parks: America's Best Idea’


The miniseries, ‘The War’, co-directed by Burns, was released in 2007


He got married for the second time in 2003 to Julie Deborah Brown and had a daughter with her, Olivia


In 1996, Burns served as executive producer and creative consultant for the documentary ‘The West’


Burns continued making documentaries and short films and his next long-form documentary was the 1994 series ‘Baseball’


The 1990 miniseries ‘The Civil War’ was Burns’ masterpiece and has been hailed as one of the most influential documentaries


In 1988, two more films were released, ‘The Congress’ and ‘Thomas Hart Benton


His next work was the 1984 film ‘The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God’


Burns married Amy Stechler in 1982 and had two daughters from the marriage, Sarah and Lily


Burns’ first documentary, ‘Brooklyn Bridge’, released in 1981 established Burns as a film-maker and showcased his trademark method of focusing on a still photograph or painting, and using music, voice overs, sound effects and zooming to give the impression of a sequence


In 1977, he started working on a documentary about the construction of ‘Brooklyn Bridge’


In 1975, after graduating with a ‘Bachelor of Arts’ degree, he started a production company, ‘Florentine Films’ with two friends from college, cinematographer Buddy Squires and Editor Paul Barnes


He studied in ‘Pioneer High School’ in Ann Arbor and graduated in 1971


The former is a depiction of the agricultural crisis that afflicted the US in the early 20th century, while the latter narrates the wrongful conviction of five people for assault and rape

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