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|Size||About 4900 items (763.0 linear feet)|
|Abstract||Archival records and original film footage of Florentine Films and Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker, director, producer, and cinematographer. On some projects, Burns worked with Amy Stechler Burns, Stephen Ives, and others. Projects documented include: Brooklyn Bridge (1981), The Shakers (1984), Huey Long (1985), The Statue of Liberty (1985), Thomas Hart Benton (1988), The Congress (1988), The Civil War (1990), Empire of the Air (1991), Baseball (1994), Thomas Jefferson (1996), The West (1996), and Lewis & Clark (1997).|
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Florentine Films was founded in 1976 by Ken Burns, Roger Sherman, Buddy Squires, and Larry Hott, who work independently under the Florentine Films name. Florentine Films often works in cooperation with other organizations to produce films on various subjects.
Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker, director, producer, and cinematographer. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1953 and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., in 1975. In 1981, he produced and directed the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge . He then made several other award-winning films, including The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God; The Statue of Liberty , also nominated for an Oscar; Huey Long , the story of the turbulent Southern dictator; The Congress: The History and Promise of Representative Government ; Thomas Hart Benton , a portrait of the regionalist artist; and Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio . Burns also produced and directed two films, William Segal and Vezelay, which explore the question of search and individual identity through the work and teachings of philosopher and painter William Segal.
Ken Burns was also the director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of the television series The Civil War, which was the highest rated series in the history of American Public Television, attracting an audience of 40 million during its premiere in September 1990. He was the director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of the Public Television series Baseball (1994), which was then the most watched series in PBS history, attracting more than 45 million viewers. In the fall of 1996, The West was released, followed by Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997); Frank Lloyd Wright , co-directed and produced with his longtime collaborator Lynn Novick (1998); Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (1999), co-produced with Paul Barnes; and Jazz (2001).Back to Top
Archival records and original film footage of Florentine Films and Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker, director, producer, and cinematographer. On some projects, Burns worked with Amy Stechler Burns, Stephen Ives, and others. Projects documented include: Brooklyn Bridge (1981), The Shakers (1984), Huey Long (1985), The Statue of Liberty (1985), Thomas Hart Benton (1988), The Congress (1988), The Civil War (1990), Empire of the Air (1991), Baseball (1994), Thomas Jefferson (1996), The West (1996), and Lewis & Clark (1997).Back to Top
Academy Award nominated history of the Brooklyn Bridge. Contains primarily correspondence and copies of grants.
Multiple award winning hour-long history of the Shakers religious sect that has produced beautiful architecture and crafts. Contains minimal documentation; primarily transparencies pertaining to titles and credits.
A 90-minute award winning portrait of the turbulent life and times of Louisiana's colorful politician, Huey Long, known as the "Kingfish." Contains scripts, interview transcripts, and timing sheets.
An Academy Award nominated 60-minute history of the Statue of Liberty. Contains scripts, interview transcripts, and cue sheets.
A 90-minute portrait of the life and work of Thomas Hart Benton, one of America's best and most controversial painters. Contains film logs and related notes.
A 90-minute history of the United States Congress with two dozen interviews, rare archival footage, and movie clips. Contains scripts, filming schedules, and logs.
A nine-part, eleven-hour history of the American Civil War as told through the lives and experiences of the people who lived through it.
A two-hour history of the people who made radio. Contains scripts, interview transcripts, and logs.
A nine-part series on the history of baseball. Contains papers, logs, and cue sheets.
A two-hour film about Thomas Jefferson.
A nine-part series on the American West.
A four-hour film on the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.
This finding aid describes the administrative records of Florentine Films by project. A complete inventory to the archival film footage is not available. The original film shipping lists are available for some projects. Please consult with reference staff.Back to Top