For Immediate Release: March 15, 2007
Senator Andrew Rice
Senate Welcomes Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns
Ken Burns, director and
producer of documentary films including “The Civil War”
and “The West”, was welcomed to the Senate Chamber
Burns was introduced to the Senate before visiting
the Oklahoma History Center as a guest of the Oklahoma Educational
Television Authority (OETA).
Sen. Andrew Rice authored Senate Resolution 16
to welcome Burns to the Oklahoma State Capitol. The resolution
designates March 15, 2007, as “Ken Burns Appreciation
Rice commended Burns for his efforts to bring
American history to life through film.
“Ken Burns has profiled some of the most
important moments in American history and has provided us with
new perspectives and an important look into the defining moments
in our past,” said Rice, D-Oklahoma City. “He is
certainly one of the most gifted filmmakers of our generation
and I wish him success in his future endeavors.”
Burns’ documentary “The Civil War”
has been honored with 40 major film and television awards, including
two Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. Two of Burns’ films
have been nominated for Academy Awards. His current documentary,
“The War”, is a seven-part series on the Second
World War, which will begin airing in September of this year.
His next project will be a documentary profiling the history
of our national parks.
For more information contact:
Senator Rice's Office: (405) 521-5610