His newest documentary, Hemingway, will premiere April 5 on PBS.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and Hampshire College alum Ken Burns 71F was recently featured in The New York Times Magazine around his filmmaking legacy and his ongoing optimism around the power of shared stories. His newest documentary, Hemingway, will premiere April 5 on PBS.
To date, Ken Burns’s films have been recognized with a host of Emmys, Oscar nominations, and Peabody Awards, and Burns has received more than 25 honorary degrees. In 2008, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Burns’s Div III (student thesis) at Hampshire College was his first documentary. The film, about the lives of rural Americans after the Revolutionary War, ignited his interest in making films about history and helped launch his career.
He is also currently serving as co-chair for Hampshire’s major fundraising campaign, Change in the Making. “Even though I am a historian, I am a futurist in this role,” he said at the kick-off party.