Dust Bowl: Ken Burns Premieres A New Documentary On PBS [VIDEO]
On November 18 his newest documentary, Dust Bowl, will premiere in a four part series on PBS. “It was a man-made catastrophe,” Burns says of the dust storms that swept across The Great Plains in 1930s; the subject of his film. The sweeping tale spans four hours and chronicles the stories of those who lived through the disaster that saw prairies turned to thick, black dust that choked towns in menacing clouds of dirt for almost a decade. Similar to his other works—Baseball, Jazz and The Civil War—Dust Bowl doesn't shy away from tragedy or heavy-hitting subject matter. He delves deep into the human condition to tell stories that move and leave a lasting impression on the audience. The stories and events he's chronicled in his two-and-a-half-decade career in film have translated seamlessly to the stage. When he presents a keynote, he speaks with ease and conviction on the historical events that have shaped our society. Drawing from the struggles of people from years past, he connects their stories to our own and leaves us with a new appreciation of how we have gotten to be where we are today.