The Pilgrims (2015)

The Pilgrims airing on PBS on November 24th!

“The Pilgrims,” a new film by Ric Burns narrated by celebrated actor Oliver Platt, will premiere on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on PBS on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 PM EST, and air again on Thanksgiving Day at 9:30 PM EST (check local listings).  Produced by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, […]

Review: In ‘The Pilgrims,’ Ric Burns Looks at Mythmaking – NY Times

With the documentarian Ric Burns at the helm it goes deeper, as you might expect. But it’s also only partly about the Pilgrims and the American Indians they encountered. Mr. Burns wants us to contemplate the way a nation constructs its foundational stories, mixing fact and myth into a concoction that gives future generations something […]

Breathtaking ‘Pilgrims’ documentary tells substantial tale

PLYMOUTH – Accompanied by striking images of the Mayflower II under sail off Plymouth Rock, a new film that airs this week uses the original handwritten history of Massachusetts’ first settlers to tell the story of the Plymouth Colony and the religious conflict that helped to create it.

New Film about Pilgrims Embraces the Whole and Not So Thankful Truth

Ric Burns wants to change the way you think about Thanksgiving. “It’s not just buckled shoes, pointed hats and turkeys,” he said in a recent interview with the Gazette. The noted documentarian and seasonal resident of West Tisbury has created a new film, The Pilgrims, which premieres on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. on […]

American Ballet Theatre: A History (2015)

How Ric Burns stepped out of his comfort zone and into Ballet Theatre

Barry Garron for Current, April 7, 2015 There’s serendipity to Ric Burns’s method for choosing topics for his films. Whether it’s his acclaimed history of New York City, his 2010 documentary on the American whaling industry or his latest PBS film, American Ballet Theatre: A History, Burns often pursues subjects and stories pitched to him […]