Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019)

Paul Allen’s Vulcan Prods. to Tackle Oliver Sacks Doc (Exclusive)

1:45 PM PDT 10/20/2017 by Tatiana Siegel The film will chronicle the final days of the world-renowned neurologist, who authored such books as ‘Awakenings’ and ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,’ both of which were adapted for the screen. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Prods. has boarded the documentary Oliver Sacks: His Own Life about the late […]

VARIETY: New York Film Review: ‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life”

October 1, 2019 by Owen Gleiberman The title of the new documentary “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” bounces off the title of the essay that Sacks published in The New York Times on Feb. 19, 2015 (“My Own Life”), days after he’d received a diagnosis of terminal cancer. (He died on Aug. 30, 2015.) It‘s […]

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’ Film Review Telluride 2019

September 10, 2019 by Stephen Farber Author and neurologist Oliver Sacks, best known for inspiring the Robin Williams-Robert De Niro movie ‘Awakenings,’ is profiled in this documentary. Telluride, like many festivals, always showcases fine documentaries. One of the strong entries this year, about celebrated neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, is directed by Ric Burns, the […]

VICE: This New Oliver Sacks Documentary Is Celebration of Thinking Differently

September 27, 2019 by Shayla Love Sacks was an expert in many areas, but not culture. When Michael Jackson died, Sacks said, “What is Michael Jackson?” I was supposed to meet Oliver Sacks on a morning in May 2016. I was in a master’s program for science journalism at Columbia University, and Sacks—a neurologist and […]

AARP: Fall Movie Preview: 20 Must-See Movies

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (Sept. 23) Ken Burns’ eminent documentarian brother Ric Burns interviewed celebrity neurologist Oliver Sacks (played by Robin Williams in Awakenings) after his terminal cancer diagnosis, and also his family, friends and famous colleagues (Jonathan Miller, Temple Grandin, Paul Theroux). His wild, unlikely life shed fascinating new light on the human mind, and […]

INDIEWIRE: ‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’ Trailer: The Legendary Thinker Gets the Documentary Treatment

Oliver Sacks lived a lot of life, putting primacy on the brain throughout his career as a neurologist as the most incredible thing in the universe. But during that life, which ended in 2015, he also battled drug addiction, cancer, homophobia, and a medical establishment that wouldn’t take him seriously for decades. His towering achievements and […]

The Chinese Exclusion Act (2018)

Exclusion film previewed in Shanghai

By ALYWIN CHEW in Shanghai alywin@chinadaily.com.cn A preview of a new historical documentary film The Chinese Exclusion  Act  was  screened on Thursday for the  first  time  outside  the  United States at the campus of New York University Shanghai. Directed by US filmmakers Ric Burns and Yu Li­Shin, the documentary  explores  the Chinese Exclusion Act, a US law  passed  in  1882  that restricted  Chinese  immigration and  prevented  Chinese from  becoming  naturalized US  citizens.  The  law  was passed after an influx of Chinese laborers, seen by many in the US as a threat to their livelihoods. The Immigration and Nationality Act, or HartCeller Act,  finally  abolished immigration quotas based on ethnicity or race in 1965. The  film  features  several prominent  […]

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 […]