Sarah Botstein has been producing award-winning documentaries with Florentine Films since 1997. Most recently, she produced The Vietnam War, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the 10-part, 18-hour epic about one of the most divisive and consequential events in American history that premiered in 2017.
Currently she is producing (with Burns & Novick) a biography of Ernest Hemingway, slated for broadcast in 2021, a film about the Holocaust and the United States, scheduled for release in 2022, and a three-part series on the life and times of Lyndon B. Johnson, planned for 2027.
Botstein is also produced College Behind Bars, a four-part series released in 2019 that explores the personal and intellectual transformation of incarcerated men and women in a highly successful prison education program. Lynn Novick is the film’s director and Ken Burns is the film’s executive producer.
Previously, Botstein produced Prohibition (2011), a three-part series about the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment, and The War (2007), a seven-part series about the American experience of the Second World War. The War and Prohibition each received numerous awards and were among the most-watched series on PBS.
Botstein was an associate producer on Jazz (2001), the critically acclaimed ten-part series.
Botstein works on Ken Burns’s digital / education initiatives, and produced and curated the content for the Ken Burns App and currently for Ken Burns Unum. These platforms employ cutting-edge technology and innovative design to highlight themes in American history and explore Florentine’s body of work.
In 2008, she and Burns partnered with Herzog and Company to produce The Work To Come, a tribute to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The film premiered at the Democratic National Convention.
Botstein is a graduate of Barnard College/Columbia University with a degree in American Studies.