An Evening with Ken Burns Returns!

August 22, 2018

Ken Burns Returns to Telluride

Film Screening Followed by Q & A

The respected filmmaker returns to Telluride for the fifth edition of An Evening with Ken Burns presented by the Telluride Historical Museum at the Michael D. Palm Theatre on Sunday, August 24th at 5:30 p.m. There will be a screening of Episode 6, Things Fall Apart, from his ground-breaking documentary, The Vietnam War, followed by an audience Q & A and a book and DVD signing presented in conjunction with Between the Covers book store.

“We are honored to once again have America’s foremost documentary filmmaker lending his support to the Museum,” Telluride Historical Museum executive director Kiernan Lannon said.  “We are particularly thrilled to be showing such an important film.  Beyond the incredible technical achievements of the series, the documentary details one of the most crucial and transformational periods in American history.  And, given the almost eerie parallels to what is going on with our present political situation, it is the perfect film to screen right now.”

The Vietnam War tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never been told on film. The series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides. Episode 6: Things Fall Apart chronicles the eve of the Tet holiday, when North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launched surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout the south, suffering devastating losses but casting grave doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”

Ken burns has been making documentary films for almost forty years and is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of all time. He has been honored with dozens of major awards, including fifteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour series co-directed by long-time partner Lynn Novick, debuted on PBS on September 17th, 2017.

Ken burns is an advocate of history and a longtime supporter of the Telluride Historical Museum. Proceeds from the evening will support operating costs for the Museum which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to preserve the rich colorful history of the box canyon. Tickets are $20 for Museum members, $25 for non-members, and $5 for students, and can be purchased online at, or by calling the Museum.

The mission of the Telluride Historical Museum is to preserve the rich, colorful and diverse history of the region and bring it to life through permanent and annual exhibitions, insightful programming, and engaging events. Go to for more information or stop by for a visit. Located at the top of Fir Street in the Historic Town of Telluride

PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Savage