The 2021 Next Generation Angels Awards Winners

We are thrilled to share with you the winners of the third annual Next Generation Angels Awards, presented in partnership with National History Day. The award is presented to six middle and high school student documentary filmmakers to recognize excellence in well-researched history filmmaking in the model of Ken Burns. This program is made possible

The Impact of College Behind Bars

We are excited to share some wonderful news: Congress has reversed the ban on Pell Grants for people in prison! As a result, hundreds of thousands of incarcerated men and women will have access to higher education in the coming years. We want to thank our donors who supported College Behind Bars and brought the transformative


The Better Angels Society and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced The Better Angels/Lavine Fellowship, a new mentorship program for history documentary filmmakers whose work explores inclusive stories drawn from America’s past. The Fellowship is a new element of the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, an annual award recognizing documentary

Ken Burns on TODAY Show: Coronavirus will be comparable to Great Depression in American history

PBS is releasing the award-winning documentaries of Ken Burns free to students in lockdown. Joining TODAY from his home, Burns says the coronavirus pandemic will be a “hugely important moment” in future American history, comparable to the Great Depression and World War II. He says the crisis offers us “an opportunity to reset, to get

College Behind Bars Airs on PBS on November 25th!

Mark your calendars! On Nov. 25 & 26 at 9/8c, tune-in or stream #CollegeBehindBarsPBS on @PBS. It’s an incredible look at the amazing human potential inside our prisons and the power of education to transform lives. You can stream here: HOW TO WATCH:  The film will be streaming for free on for 60 days post broadcast. Station supporters with pbs passport can stream

NYFF Review: ‘College Behind Bars’

NYFF Review: ‘College Behind Bars’ An extraordinary portrait of students in the prison system By Jason Gorber • Published October 10th, 2019 College Behind Bars (USA, 222 min.) Dir. Lynn Novick The first hour of Lynn Novick’s four-part documentary series College Behind Bars plays out pretty much how one would expect this story to be told. [The four-part work

Statement from the The Better Angels Society on the Passing of Cokie Roberts

The Better Angels Society joins Americans all across the country in mourning the loss of Cokie Roberts, who was a friend and an enthusiastic supporter of our work, as well as a member of the newly-established Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film Honorary Committee. Her passion for American history, her lifelong leadership in

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