NPC Luncheon with Ken Burns, Filmmaker
September 15, 2014 12:00 PM
Location: Holeman Lounge
This event is open only to members of The National Press Club & their guests.
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Filmmaker Ken Burns will discuss his new PBS documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon September 15, 2014 in the Holeman Lounge. This seven-part, fourteen hour film begins on September 14th and covers the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962.
During the course of the Roosevelt Century, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his niece Eleanor would marry his fifth cousin Franklin, who would become the 32nd President. Ken Burns chronicles how these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also defined the role the United States played on the modern world stage. Among the topics covered are the creation of the National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. The series will also tell touching family stories about love, betrayal, loyalty, and personal courage.
Over the past three decades, Ken Burns has reinvented the documentary medium in such classic PBS series as The Civil War, Jazz, and Prohibition. The award-winning filmmaker was honored with a National Press Club membership in 2012 when he spoke about his film The Central Park Five.
Tickets to this event are limited to members and the Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. Remarks will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session that ends at 2 p.m. The cost of luncheon admission is $22 for National Press Club members are $36 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.