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New York: A Documentary Film

Ric Burns, Director, Writer (with James Sanders), and Producer (with Lisa Ades Ep 1-5) of NEW YORK, a fourteen and a half hour series on the history of New York City. The series broadcast nationally in 1999 (Ep 1-5) and in 2001 (Ep 6 and 7) as part of the PBS series American Experience.   The film’s narrative covers nearly 400 years and 400 square miles of New York City, revealing a complex and dynamic city that has played an unparallel role in shaping the nation and reflecting its ideals.  The New York Daily News called the series  “a masterpiece…necessarily sprawling yet extraordinarily disciplined, ” and The London Financial Times dubbed it “a sleek urban rhapsody.”  Variety described NEW YORK as “nothing short of gripping…a monumental documentary series that raises the bar for this kind of work and in the process elevates our knowledge and understanding of a metropolis that is still evolving…”

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DIRECTED BY: Ric Burns

PRODUCED BY: Lisa Ades, Ric Burns and Steve Rivo

WRITTEN BY: Ric Burns & James Sanders

EPISODE FIVE WRITTEN BY: Ric Burns & James Sanders and Ron Blumer

EDITED BY: Li-Shin Yu, Edward Barteski, David Hasner, Nina Schulman and Juliana Parroni

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Buddy Squires and Allen Moore

CO-DIRECTOR, EPISODES ONE THROUGH FIVE: Lisa Ades

NARRATED BY: David Ogden Stiers

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Margaret Drain

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR WGBH: Judy Crichton

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ric Burns

AWARDS:  

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award
Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Programming

Editing:  

American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Documentary
Emmy Nomination Outstanding Nonfiction Series
Emmy Nomination Outstanding Nonfiction Programming: Cinematography