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Burns Being Honored With Award for Documentaries

16 Sep, 2002 By: Hive News

Ken Burns will receive the International Documentary Association (IDA) 2002 Career Achievement Award. The presentation will be made during the 18th Annual IDA Awards Gala Benefit Dec. 13 at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles. It will highlight a series of activities commemorating the 20th anniversary of the IDA.

“Ken Burns is in a relatively early stage of his career to receive this acknowledgement from his peers,” said IDA president Michael Donaldson, “but he has already compiled an exceptional body of work that will stand the test of time. Ken has found innovative ways to dig deep into the roots of our society and tell stories that make an enduring impression. He has succeeded with his integrity as a filmmaker intact, and that makes him a great role model for every filmmaker.”

Burns has produced 19 documentaries, beginning with Brooklyn Bridge in 1980. He earned an Oscar nomination for that effort and has subsequently received an array of Emmy, Peabody, People's Choice and other awards and tributes. His eclectic body of work includes The Civil War, Huey Long, The Statue of Liberty, Baseball, The West, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and Jazz. Many of his films have also been distributed in DVD and other home video formats.

“Ken Burns has proved the public will respond to documentaries that enlighten and entertain them,” said IDA executive director Sandra Ruch. "Ken's success in connecting with millions of viewers during his career has created opportunities for other serious documentary filmmakers."

Burns has directed 18 of his films, shared cinematography credits on 19 and co-authored four. He currently has two films on the front burner: Horatio's Drive, which follows the first cross-country automobile trip; and Jack Johnson, a portrait of the complicated boxer who became the first African-American heavyweight champion.

Burns joins an eclectic group of IDA Career Achievement Award recipients, including Jacques Yves Cousteau, Charles Guggenheim, David Wolper, Michael Apted, Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers, Fred Friendly, Sheila Nevins and Ted Turner.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the awards ceremony, visit the IDA Web site (documentary.org ) or call 213-534-3600.

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