The Common Good was honored to host an evening with Emmy and Grammy Award winner, Ken Burns. Ken discussed Vietnam, the Civil War, civil discourse as well as presenting a brief 13 minute clip, including past footage as well as a teaser of his upcoming film “Prohibition”. We were thrilled to host Ken, pay tribute to his work both past and present, and to celebrate what he has in store for us in the future.
Ken Burns has been making films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. A December 2002 poll conducted by Real Screen Magazine listed The Civil War as second only to Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North as the “most influential documentary of all time,” and named Ken Burns and Robert Flaherty as the “most influential documentary makers” of all time. Ken’s films have won twelve Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.