Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller – American Sampler

June 4 at 6:30pm, June 8 at 8pm on ThinkTV16 & June 3 at 6pm on ThinkTV14

Tom Hanks hosts this new celebration of filmmaker Ken Burns, who has been aptly described as “America’s storyteller.” Over the course of almost 40 years, he has carried on a deep and probing conversation with Americans about themselves and their country, its past and its future. Perhaps more than anyone else, he has elevated documentary filmmaking to an art form and made American history come alive.

Featuring interviews with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Doris Kearns Goodwin, George Lucas, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Meryl Streep, Sam Waterston and others, the program explores the tremendous depth and breadth of Burns’ work with a special emphasis on films that reveal the unique American character such as Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, Jackie Robinson and others. 

Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller – American Sampler includes an extended interview with Burns, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his films and providing fascinating insights into his thought process, philosophy and creative methods. Filled with clips, photographs, outtakes and “making of” footage, this new tribute will remind viewers once again of the originality and artistry behind his powerful films.