ALA Auditorium Speaker Series – Ken Burns

ALA Auditorium Speaker Series – Ken Burns
Saturday, 6/23/2007 8:30 AM — 10:00 AM
Washington Convention Center room: Ballroom

The War.
Ken Burns is the Philosopher King of documentaries. His discussion of the upcoming documentary displayed his thoughtful examination of his subject – and his love of language. He took a bottom up approached and decided to interview WWII soldiers & the impact of the war on their families and towns. There were no talking heads. He hated to show us clips out of contexts but he couldn’t very well hold us captive all day. The movie was chock full of explosions, frozen bodies, maggots, and floating dead soldiers. What we did see was dramatic and traumatic. The narrative was by big names like Tom Hanks; the music by big names like Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis. The documentary is part of his contribution to recording American history (along with Jazz, Baseball, and the Civil War). It is set to air in September. It will be considered a classic someday like the rest of his ambitious and well crafted films.