Filmmaker talks at Brooklyn Historical Society


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Epic filmmaker: Ken Burns came back to the borough of his birth for a fund-raiser at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Tuesday night.

It was the shortest Ken Burns sequence in history.

The famously long-winded filmmaker, who was born in Brooklyn, talked shop with New York Times columnist Randy Kennedy at a fund-raising event for the Brooklyn Historical Society on March 10. They talked about Burns’s extensive body of work, which includes the 19-hour “Baseball,” the 19-hour “Jazz,” and the 11-hour “Civil War.”

They also talked about Burns’s current project, a documentary about Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Burns left the borough at a young age, but returned in the early 1980s to make his film about the Brooklyn Bridge, doing some research for the project at the Historical Society.

Burns is known for a cinematic technique that utilizes a moving crop to bring still images to life. It is commonly referred to as the “Ken Burns Effect.”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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