November 30, 2005

American documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will present and discuss his Academy Award nominated film, Brooklyn Bridge, part of Brooklyn Public Library’s independent film series, Documenting Brooklyn. Introducing and moderating the event is the preeminent New York historian Kenneth Jackson.

Burns’ Brooklyn Bridge captures the physical majesty of the greatest achievement of the industrial age. Chronicling the technical marvel that became a symbol of America’s strength, vitality, ingenuity and promise, the documentary tells the dramatic story of the larger-than-life men who imagined and built it, and the immense charm the granite and steel structure has exerted on generations of city dwellers.

For more than twenty years, Ken Burns, who was born in Brooklyn, has been making award-winning documentary films, including The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God; The Statue of Liberty, an Oscar nominee; Huey Long, which enjoyed a rare theatrical release, and Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio. Burns was the director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of the landmark television series The Civil War, which was the highest rated series in the history of American Public Television. The series was honored with multiple awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and a People’s Choice Award. His eighteen and a half hour film, Baseball, covering the history of the sport from the 1840’s to the present, was the most watched series in PBS history. It received numerous awards, including an Emmy Award and a Television Critics Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sports and Special Programming. His other films include The West, Thomas Jefferson and Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.

This event is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, December 6, 2005, 7 PM


Brooklyn Public Library
Central Library
Second Floor Meeting Room
Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238


Please visit or call 718.230.2100.

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