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September 21, 2009

Ken Burns and the National Parks

World Savers

by Beata Loyfman-Santora

We have just watched an exclusive sneak preview of Ken Burns' latest project, National Parks: America''s Best Idea. The film veteran spent the past six years working on this powerful 12-hour film about the history and development of the U.S. National Parks, an incredible 84 million vast acres of what Burns calls "nature's sublime wonderlands."

Burns' film highlights the amazing achievement of the National Parks as the first time in all of human history when land was set aside "not for the nobles or the rich, but for everyone." It's the "the Declaration of Independence applied to the landscape."

As Burns told the audience at the World Savers Congress, the project began as a historical account, but soon evolved into what he described as "the kind of things today's World Savers Award winners are all about--personal transformative experiences."

After seeing the first minutes of this film, there's no doubt that we'll all be tuning in to its September 27 debut on PBS.


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