Emmy award-winning Documentarian/Filmmaker, Kenneth Lauren Burns, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 17 at the annual Christopher Award dinner in New York. In a recent interview, Burns commented that the Christophers were “generous” in bestowing the prestigious award on him and added, “It’s pretty fantastic.”
Although he produced several films early in his career, “The Civil War” documentary, premiering on PBS in 1990, catapulted Burns into national prominence. A long string of successful PBS historical documentaries followed that series. Born in 1953, Burns will be 65 in July and shows no indication of slowing down or “packing it in.” According to the interview, he has projects in various stages dating all the way out to 2030. On the issue of storytelling, Burns stated: “The laws of storytelling apply to everybody. Steven Spielberg can make stuff up; I can’t. He and I have talked about this. There is an uncanny parallel if you see that documentaries have been essayistic…but when they graduate into storytelling, a good story is a good story is a good story, no difference between a documentary and a film.”
The Christopher Awards were established in 1949 by Christopher founder, Father James Keller, to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
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