In Memoriam of Michelle Smith

  Michelle Smith (center) with Ken Burns and Michael Glosserman   Beloved Board Member and dear friend Michelle Smith passed away Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 surrounded by her family. Michelle’s enthusiasm and support for the work of The Better Angels Society and the films of Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and the entire Florentine

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

SouthCoast Today: Of Ken Burns, Flannery O’Connor and life in these complicated times

By Lauren Daley Posted Dec 2, 2019 at 6:23 PM Updated Dec 2, 2019 at 6:23 PM “Particularly now, when we seemed to have lost our way, and forgot the common story we do share, (films are) a tiny little way we can re-remind of us of why we Americans agree to cohere,” Burns said. Columns share an author’s personal perspective and are often based

Variety: Ken Burns, Library of Congress to Present Documentary Award to ‘Flannery’

By DAVE MCNARY Film Reporter@https://twitter.com/Variety_DMcNaryFOLLOW CREDIT: DAVID BUCHAN/VARIETY/SHUTTERSTOCK Documentarian Ken Burns is partnering with the Library of Congress and two philanthropic organizations to present a new award to “Flannery,” a documentary about Flannery O’Connor.Filmmaker Elizabeth Coffman and Jesuit priest Mark Bosco will be presented the first Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film on Oct. 17 at the library. The

Hollywood Reporter: Library of Congress, Ken Burns Unveil Inaugural Documentary Prize

The award goes to Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco, the filmmakers behind 'Flannery,' about the late, great writer Flannery O'Connor. The filmmakers behind an upcoming documentary about famed Southern Gothic writer Flannery O'Connor have been awarded the inaugural Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, it was announced Wednesday. Flannery, directed by Elizabeth Coffman

Inside Higher Ed: Documentary to Showcase Education in Prison

By Madeline St. Amour September 16, 2019 The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference Friday in Washington hosted a panel discussion and preview of a new PBS documentary series that follows incarcerated people who are pursuing college degrees. The four-part series, “College Behind Bars,” was executive produced by Ken Burns and directed by Lynn Novick. It

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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