Library of Congress Announces New Documentary Award Named After Director Ken Burns
The Library of Congress has announced that it will be presenting an annual documentary award named after director Ken Burns.
The award will be presented each fall at a gala at the Library of Congress. It will recognize a filmmaker whose documentary uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that touch on some aspect of American history. The recipient will receive a $200,000 grant to help with the final production of the film.
“I’ve been very fortunate to spend my career focused on our country’s history,” said Burns. “While each film is different, they all ask the same question about who we are as a people. History is of course fraught with complexity and is often divisive. But somehow by confronting this history together, and the many stories that make it up, we become closer.”
Burns is among the greatest documentary creators of the modern era. He’s received 16 Emmys and has been nominated for two Oscars. His credits include ‘The Civil War,’ ‘Baseball,’ ‘The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,’ and ‘The Vietnam War.’