On April 26, 2017 Ken Burns along with Lynn Novick introduced their new documentary “The Vietnam War” in Houston Texas. The event was covered in story from The Houston Chronicle titled: Ken Burns brings ‘Vietnam’ to Houston that was submitted by Andrew Dansby.
Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have worked on the Vietnam War documentary project for six years poring over hours of film footage and historical accounts. They conducted in excess of 100 interviews with a wide range of connections with the war plus they listened to a great deal of tapes by Presidents Johnson and Nixon talking about the war.
The goal of the documentary makers was to “offer a more panoramic view of the conflict, with commentary from combatants and civilians from both North and South Vietnam, as well as American soldiers and war protesters back home.” The 18-hour documentary will be shown at a to be determined date and time in November.
Burns style of using archival footage and photographs in his documentary films will prove effective in dealing with Vietnam, the first televised war. He started making documentary shows straight out of Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. His most widely known documentaries are The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Central Park Five (2012), and The Roosevelts (2014).
Burns is a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, with almost $40,000 in political donations. He endorsed Barack Obama for the U.S. presidency in December 2007 and he compared Obama to Abraham Lincoln. Had he been a little older (he was born on July 29, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) he may have been marching in the anti-war parades.
Vietnam Veterans are encouraged to watch the 18 hour documentary “The Vietnam War” and draw your own conclusions.