Ken Burns, acclaimed producer and director of extraordinary documentaries, will debut his latest film to a sold-out crowd at the Oklahoma History Center on Friday, April 13. "The Dust Bowl" is a four-hour, two-part series examining the trials and tribulations of survivors of the dust storms that ravaged Oklahoma during the 1930s. The film features interviews with 26 survivors and two others who provided written accounts of their struggles during the time.
Burns remarked about his latest film, "Unlike any other story that we've told, this is almost completely a bottom-up story, told by the folks who experienced it, their own memories. That's what makes this particularly special for us."
Anyone who has seen the work of Ken Burns knows that he is an incredible storyteller. He is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has garnered 12 Emmy awards and two Oscar nominations, among many other accolades. His films include "Lewis and Clark," "The Civil War," "The West," "The War" (based on World War II), "Baseball," "Jazz," "The National Parks," and more.
The documentarian brings history to life and makes people want to learn more. Many history lovers have been born through Burns's work.
PBS announced this week that "The Dust Bowl" will be premiered for the public on November 18 and 19. PBS knows that a Ken Burns documentary can bring as many viewers as many box office films, with the epic documentary "The Civil War" netting more than 40 million viewers in its 1990 debut. Due to Burns's popularity and success on the channel, PBS plans to air "The Dust Bowl" right in the middle of the November network sweeps.
For a Ken Burns fan, the preview of "The Dust Bowl" in Oklahoma is an incredible opportunity. Burns will be on hand himself at the Oklahoma History Center to introduce the movie, which shines a light on one of the most pivotal periods in state history.
The Dust Bowl has been called "the greatest man-made ecological disaster in American history." This film is of particular significance right now, as parts of Texas and Oklahoma currently face some of the worst prolonged drought conditions since the Dust Bowl itself.
Ken Burns is definitely one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. If you have not yet become a fan, you do not have to wait until fall to check out his work. You can see a preview of "The Dust Bowl" courtesy of PBS, and other Burns documentaries are available at many libraries and may be purchased on the PBS website. Several titles are also available for streaming on Netflix. Check out one of his phenomenal films soon, and mark your calendars for the premiere of "The Dust Bowl" in November.
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