The Modern School of Film presents Ken Burns in discussion – June 21st, 2016

Ken Burns


On June 21st Pills  in New York City, The Modern School of Film will continue its acclaimed discussion series – IN:PICTURES – where guests discuss three films that have influenced them during distinct phases of their life (childhood, career breakthrough, current).

The next IN:PICTURES event will feature Ken Burns and will take place Tuesday, June 21st, 7 PM at the SVA Theater in Manhattan ( 333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011).  The films Mr. Burns will discuss are The General Pills , The Third Man, and The Station Agent .  Tickets are available at A special 50 percent discount for UnionDocs readers can be accessed using the code “MSFBURNS.”

Since its launch The Modern School of Film has staged over 200 master-class discussions in the US and abroad, featuring creative icons discussing the films that have most-impacted their life and work.  Past MSF guests include: Adam Horovitz, Albert Maysles, Ang Lee, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Hader, Bill T. Jones, Christopher Guest, DA Pennebaker, Danny Elfman, David Cross, Donald Fagen, Eli Wallach, Feist, Frank Black, Frank Miller, Fred Armisen, Glenn Close, Gus Van Sant, Iron & Wine, Jeff Tweedy, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Marina Abramovic, Marjane Satrapti, Mike Mignola, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Perry Farrell, Patton Oswalt, Paul Haggis, Salman Rushdie, Talib Kweli, The Black Keys, Tim and Eric, Tippi Hedren, Wayne Coyne, Wes Craven, Willem Dafoe, Wim Wenders, and many others.

Ken Burns has been making films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Pills 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 Buy  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. In March, 2009, David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun said, “…Burns is not only the greatest documentarian of the day, but also the most influential filmmaker period. That includes feature filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. I say that because Burns not only turned millions of persons onto history with his films, he showed us a new way of looking at our collective past and ourselves.” The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of his films, “More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.” 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.

Ken has been the recipient of more than twenty-five honorary degrees and has delivered many treasured commencement addresses.  Recent projects of his include The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Buy , a seven-episode series, as well as films on the Gettysburg Address, Jackie Robinson, the Vietnam War and the history of country music