February 10, 2014
PBS documentarian Ken Burns (“The Civil War," “Baseball”) has released his own iPad app. The Ken Burns app explores historical events in American history, and includes extras and behind-the-scenes commentary on all 25 Burns films. Full features include:
To The Hollywood Reporter, Burns notes, "I’m so excited to now be using Apple’s platforms to create a radically new way to present my work and reach new viewers. Our films are made in a small town in New Hampshire over many years, with images and stories woven together in a way that we hope brings experiences of the past into the present." The Ken Burns app arrives on the same day a companion, curriculum-based website launches. Ken Burns America features essays, biographies, and more. You can download the Ken Burns app in the App Store. This includes free access to one theme, Innovation. The other five are available through a one-time in-app purchase of $9.99.
- Timeline view: Zoom in and out to explore a chronological history of America. Select scenes from the films to learn about that particular moment.
- Theme view: Select a theme (Art, Hard Times, Innovation, Politics, Race, War) to see a. Each playlist illustrates common patterns in the American story. In the playlist “Race,” for example, you’ll see how moments from The Civil War, Baseball, Thomas Jefferson and Jazz are related.
- Film view: Select your favorite Ken Burns film, like The War or Baseball, to watch scenes from that film. See what themes appear in your favorite film and how they reappear in the other films.
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