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Encyclopedia > Ric Burns

Eric D. Burns is a documentary filmmaker and writer. Burns has been writing, directing and producing historical documentaries for nearly 20 years, since his collaboration on the celebrated PBS series The Civil War, (1990), which he produced with his brother Ken Burns, and wrote with Geoffrey C. Ward. PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... The Civil War is a highly popular and acclaimed PBS documentary about the American Civil War created by Ken Burns, and released on PBS in September 1990. ... Kenneth Lauren Burns (born July 29 [1] [2], 1953) is an American documentary filmmaker. ...

Since founding Steeplechase Films in 1989, he has directed several programs for WGBH Boston's American Experience, including Coney Island (1991). He also wrote and directed The Donner Party (1992). WGBH is an established public television and public radio broadcast service located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... American Experience (sometimes abbreviated AmEx) is a television program aired on the PBS network in the United States. ...

In 1995, Burns wrote, directed, and co-produced The Way West. In April 2002, Burns completed Ansel Adams, a co-production of Steeplechase Films and Sierra Club Productions for American Experience.


New York: A Documentary Film

Burns is probably best known for his series New York: A Documentary Film, which premiered nationally on PBS. The eight-part, seventeen and a half hour film chronicles the city’s rise from a tiny Dutch trading post down through its continuing preeminence as the undisputed economic and cultural capital of the world. New York: A Documentary Film is a seven-part American documentary on the history of New York City produced by Ric Burns that originally aired in the U.S. on PBS. The first four two-hour installments, which covered the history of the city from its founding to the turn...

The first five episodes of New York were broadcast in November 1999; the sixth and seventh episodes in the fall of 2001; and the eighth and final episode in September 2003.

Recent Films

Burns’s most recently completed projects include, Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film (March 2006) which tells the story of the life and work of America’s greatest and only Nobel Prize-winning playwright.

In September 2006, Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film aired as the premiere of PBS’ American Masters 20th Anniversary series. American Masters is a PBS television show which does biographies on what it judges are the best artists, actors and writers of the United States. ...


Burns has co-authored two books: New York: An Illustrated History (with James Sanders and Lisa Ades), and the companion book to the Civil War series (With Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns) Kenneth Lauren Burns (born July 29 [1] [2], 1953) is an American documentary filmmaker. ...


Burns attended Columbia University and Cambridge University, breaking from his graduate work to join his brother on the production of the Civil War series

External Links

  • Steeplechase Films
  • WGBH

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Burns says that in hindsight it seems like less of a coincidence that the idea struck numerous people in the early '90s.
Burns sees New York as the "financial and imaginative capital" of America and the world, and also as the place where modernism has been invented and constantly reinvented.
If Ric Burns' informal apprenticeship in film proceeded along at a comfortable pace, his move to directing was a bracing experience.
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Burns' "splendid, searching" film (Entertainment Weekly) is the first to explore his astonishing artistic output from the late 1940s to his untimely death in 1987.
Burns' haunting story of the life and work of America's greatest and only Nobel Prize-winning playwright ù set within the context of the harrowing family dramas and personal upheavals that shaped O'Neill, and that O'Neill in turn struggled all his life to give form to in his art.
More than a biography of the greatest literary genius the American theater has produced, Burns' film is a moving meditation on loss and redemption, family and memory, the cost of being an artist, and the inescapability of the past.
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