News » Current Events




Just this morning I sat down for a one on one interview with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns who is in town promoting his upcoming project about American National Parks. The conversation covered a variety of topics - past projects, working methods, and yes, a bit of the criticism leveled against him from various groups for feeling excluded from his documentaries, including a blog by a former San Antonian that takes it's name from this very issue. Burns was happy to defend himself on this issue. I never saw the WWII documentary so I'm not able to comment either way on the issue.

I probably won't be popular for saying this but I like Ken Burns' documentaries. Of course they aren't perfect, but he does things I still find interesting - he shoots on 16mm film, he has an elegant style, and his narrative structures are often effective.

Here it is...

Jones/Burns -

Ken Burns shows a portion of his latest project tonight at Lila Cockrell Theater for free. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.