Chagrin Falls!

Like Rutherford B. Hayes after Appomattox, we are headed back to Ohio. While this trip probably won't lead to us being elected to Congress, Governor, or President, it's no less of an honor for us to have been chosen to screen at Chagrin Documentary Film Festival! We're fairly confident we have Hayes beat there.

Back to NC!

We can't get enough of the first Southern state to enact Prohibition - in 1908, a full 12 years before the 18th Amendment was ratified. Who needed Volstead, am I right? This and more "dry" humor when we head back to North Carolina for Footcandle Film Festival!

We will be there with our friends from The Hollerin' Contest Documentary in what is sure to be a great shorts program on Friday night. We hope you can join us!


This homage to America's greatest filmmaker is headed across the Atlantic - we're so excited to announce that we've been chosen to screen at Fastnet Film Festival!

Irish Ken Burns fans can catch our international premiere in beautiful Schull, West Cork at one of two free screenings:

Wednesday, May 25th at 13.00 and Thursday May 26th at 22.00.

Festival Cut!

We are so excited to let you know that a final cut of the Ken Burns Effect is done!

Both Tia and I wish to extend our boundless gratitude to everyone who has helped us along the way. Whether you donated money, provided moral support, or arranged for us to meet Kenthank you.   

We hope you'll be proud of our little movie, a humble homage to a great story-teller, historian, and filmmaker, and sweet tribute to the friendships we forged as awkward 18-year-olds (and continue as awkward 30-somethings).

With love and gratitude,

Erin Burns (no relation)
Producer, The Ken Burns Effect

An Homage

We were once a group of freshmen living on the first floor of Binford Hall at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

As you may recall, the first few weeks of college can be difficult, and it is sometimes hard to find your place amongst the herd of similarly wide-eyed freshmen. Lucky for us, we all happened to share a love and (potentially creepy) enthusiasm for the films of Ken Burns. The celebrated filmmaker behind such epic films as The War, Jazz, Lewis & Clark, Baseball, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Ken Burns has acted as director and producer on more than twenty films. He is the hero of Public Television and his name has become synonymous with his style of filmmaking. Thanks to our hero, our inspiration and our common bond, we managed to navigate those first few weeks and months – together.

In the spring of our freshman year, we were insanely excited to find that Ken Burns himself would be coming to our campus to speak. We were so excited, in fact, that we decided to use body paint to show our devotion. 

Eight years later, when the summer issue of Guilford’s Newsletter arrived in our mailboxes announcing the return of Ken Burns to Guilford College, there was really only one possible response.

The films of Ken Burns brought us together, instilled in us a love of the United States and its history, and taught us the value of public broadcasting and of filmmaking – that is the Ken Burns effect and we are living proof of its power to unite and create unbreakable bonds. We are eager to tell this story – OUR story – in the only way we know how – with the Ken Burns Effect.