Ric Burns

The younger brother and sometimes collaborator of the famed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Ric Burns is an accomplished documentarian in his own right. Shaped largely by the teachings of his anthropologist father, his ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (7)

We Shall Remain 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

American Masters: Andy Warhol 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Director

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Coney Island 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

The Donner Party (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Loving Story 2010 (Movie)

(Consulting Producer)

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Producer

The Civil War (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (2)

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Statue of Liberty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (2)

Men At Lunch 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Media Matters (06/28/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The younger brother and sometimes collaborator of the famed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Ric Burns is an accomplished documentarian in his own right. Shaped largely by the teachings of his anthropologist father, his probing, life-long interest in all things sociology first manifested onscreen with an associate producer role on Ken's crackerjack "The Civil War "(1990), a doc widely considered to be among the most definitive, comprehensive historical examinations ever committed to film. Five years later, he made his own directorial debut with "The Way West", a uniquely dynamic study of the seismic shifts in land ownership that occurred between Native Americans and early white settlers. The little-seen TV special effectively set the mold for a long line of expansive, galvanizing films chronicling the very people, places, and moments that have come to define America, not least of which was his grand magnum opus, "New York: A Documentary Film". Originally released in '99 and later expanded upon in the wake of 9/11, the colorful PBS miniseries took viewers on an 18-hour tour through a rapidly growing cityscape and the emerging sub-cultures therein, deftly weaving rich visuals and thoroughly penetrating narration into a bigger picture of social progress. The filmmaker has also helmed decidedly more intimate portraits of American culture with two artist-profile companion pieces: the keen meditation on photography "Ansel Adams" (2002) and the compelling modern-art audit "Andy Warhol" ('06), both of which bear the signature Burns subtitle "A Documentary Film."

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