Upcoming Films

Between now and 2019, Ken Burns and Florentine Films intend to produce and broadcast at least six documentary films, totaling more than 52 hours of high-quality programming.

Upcoming is Jackie Robinson (2016) fully funded and in production. Jackie Robinson will examine the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who in 1947 lifted an entire race, and nation, on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line.

Jackie Robinson (2015) will look at the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, a sharecropper’s son from rural Georgia who lettered in four sports at UCLA, served in the United States Army during the Second World War and went on to break baseball’s color barrier. A leader and icon of the civil rights movement, entrepreneur and devoted family man, Robinson continues to inspire Americans with his exemplary life and aspirational message of equality.

2 episodes, 2 hours each, 2015 broadcast
Fully funded


Vietnam (2016) will chronicle the most polarizing event in American history since the Civil War, in the process providing the possibility of healing a wound in our national psyche that has festered for more than 40 years. The film will grow out of the personal stories of dozens of people who fought in the war — and fought against the war — and had their lives transformed by it.

6 to 7 episodes, 12 to 14 hours, 2016 broadcast
Underwriting opportunities exist


Country Music (2018) will chronicle the history of a uniquely American art form, rising from the experiences of remarkable people in distinctive regions of our nation. From southern Appalachia's songs of struggle and heartbreak to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from rural honky-tonks to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, we will follow the evolution of country music over the course of a century, as it eventually emerged to become America's music. Like our series on jazz, it will focus on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created the music, as well as the times in which they lived. And like the music itself, it will tell unforgettable, emotional stories — stories of the hardships and joys faced by everyday people.

6 to 7 episodes, 12 to 14 hours, 2018 broadcast
Budget: 67% raised; 33% to be raised

Ernest Hemingway (2019) a two-part biographical film will examine the life and work of one of America’s greatest writers, a man who changed the course of literature with his spare, luminous, aggressively modern style, and his unflinching, hard-edged but deeply romantic and quintessentially American stories, novels and essays. His story is one that is both epic and intimate, profoundly personal and transcendently universal.

2 episodes, 2019 broadcast
Budget: 38% raised; 62% to be raised