Ken Burns


Welcome to “K” day in the A to Z Challenge. My theme for 2016 is Ernest Miller Hemingway (EMH).

Ken Burns is the documentary filmmaker whose work you can usually find on PBS. Some of his works include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Central Park Five (2012), and The Roosevelts (2014). On PBS currently is his latest work, Jackie Robinson (2016).


–Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker

When Ken was 3 years old, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died when he was 11 years old. His father in law, a psychologist, gave Burns great insight. Burns says, “He told me that my whole work was an attempt to make people long gone come back alive.” If you have watched any of Burns’ documentaries, you know that he has a special way of making the subject “come back alive.”

In 2019, Burns is scheduled to premiere a documentary on Ernest Hemingway. Before he creates the EMH documentary, he is scheduled to create two other films: Vietnam and Country Music. We might have a few years to wait for the EMH film, but I am sure Ken Burns will produce an excellent documentary.


–publicity photo for Ken Burns’ documentary Ernest Hemingway

From Ken Burns’ website:

“Hemingway is a two-part, three-to-four-hour documentary film that examines visionary work and the turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest and most influential writers America has ever produced. Interweaving his eventful biography, a life lived at the ultimately treacherous nexus of art, fame, and celebrity, with carefully selected excerpts from his luminous short stories, novels, and non-fiction, we will see beyond façade of the public man, becoming intimately familiar with this brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and egocentric genius. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Hemingway is slated for national broadcast on PBS in 2019.”

  8 comments for “Ken Burns

  1. April 13, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Isn’t he great? We’re presently watching The Roosevelts on Netflix. Really looking forward to EMH in a few years!

    • April 13, 2016 at 8:02 AM

      Yes, I have really enjoyed Baseball and Jazz!! The EMH one should be great . . .

    • April 14, 2016 at 6:47 AM

      Martha and Denise…….Forget “Build it and they will come.” How about “film it and they will watch,” or even better for you and your great blog…….”Write it, and they will read!”

      • April 14, 2016 at 7:29 AM

        Aw, so nice, ZD!! Heading over to see what you guys have today. I’m gonna be late in posting today. 🙁

  2. April 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    With a history like that of Ken Burns, I’m sure he will make a great documentary. Will have to watch it.

    • April 13, 2016 at 9:33 PM

      I know. No one better to do this than him!

  3. April 14, 2016 at 5:47 AM

    Great info about Ken Burns! looking forward to watching EMH. Good luck with the rest of A-to-Z. Will be coming back for more.
    Sudha from
    Everyday Muse

    • April 14, 2016 at 7:28 AM

      Thanks for visiting, Sudhanair! Love your musings!

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