Would we have coffee with Ken Burns?
Cammy: Absolutely. I love this man’s work. One of my earliest memories is of watching his documentary on the Shakers. From his use of still photographs, to his careful incorporation of music, he has a style that sucks me in like no other documentarian I’ve ever watched–and I’ve watched a crap-ton of documentaries. For the pure awesomeness he’s shared with us through The Civil War, Thomas Jefferson, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, I owe this man whatever beverage he likes. I’d love to know what other person/era/event he has in his targets for the future (I know there are plans out to at least 2018–I’m particularly looking forward to the planned Country Music). Are there any subjects/people that he has marked as just too difficult to cover properly? And while I definitely love that he covers American history, is there anything outside the US that he’s ever considered focusing on? How does he narrow the material down for his documentaries? I’m more willing than normal to pepper this man with questions. Kristy might need to restrain me.
Kristy: Sure. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve seen very little of his work. I saw some of The Civil War, but remember very little of it. But even if I don’t watch as many of them as I feel I should, I find documentary films very interesting. I’m interested to know if there’s anything he found while working on any of his documentaries that changed his mind/feelings about anything. I’m interested to know what got left out of them, and why. And I’d even be interested to know how he wound up going into documentary film in the first place.