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Ken Burns to Preview Documentary at Simon's Rock

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will preview The War, a film about the Second World War, at Simon's Rock


Great Barrington, MA — award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will preview never-before seen clips from his newest documentary series, The War at Simon's Rock College on Friday April 6th at 2 PM in the Daniel Arts Center. The showing is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker.

Using Burns' pioneering techniques including dramatic historical footage, personal accounts, letters and photographs from nearly 50 men and women from across America, The War examines the deepest triumphs, fears, and daily lives of soldiers on the front lines and citizens back home -- all profoundly impacted by The Second World War. The film honors the endurance, sacrifice and bravery of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as THE WAR. The seven-part mini series is scheduled to air in its entirety on PBS in the fall of 2007

Burns graduated from Hampshire College in 1975 and went on to become a founding partner of Florentine Films. His first documentary, The Brooklyn Bridge aired on PBS in 1981. Sine then, his body of work has spanned three decades and has covered nearly every aspect of American life. His most noted films include Baseball, Jazz, The Civil War, Unforgivable Blackness, Not for Ourselves Alone and The West. In addition to The War he is currently working on a documentary about America's national parks called, America's Best Idea: Our National Parks.

Burns' appearance at Simon's Rock stems from his commitment to preserve American history and educate young people about the history of World War II. He will be leading a workshop with Simon's Rock students on campus prior to his public appearance.

There are no reservations. Early arrival is recommended to insure seating.

Sara Katzoff
413 528-7395