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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.  

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

Posted by jones on 3/24/2009 2:12:45 PM
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