To watch all 23 of Ken Burns’ award-winning documentaries end to end would take 8,147 minutes — that comes out to about 136 hours or 5.5 straight days. As much as the documentarian would love you to try this — and as much as this sounds like a fun, albeit ambitious, challenge in theory — Burns knows that while he’s happily given 30-plus years to the telling of American history, not all of us have the same amount of time and patience to devote to the topic.
Conveniently, that problem has been solved. Today, in collaboration with digital agency Big Spaceship, Burns and producer Don MacKinnon are launching an iPad app that curates those 8,147 minutes into easily-digestible “mixtapes.” The hour-long playlists of bite-size clips from across Burns’ 23-piece oeuvre explore six overarching themes in American history – innovation, race, politics, art, hard times, and war – and bring his films into a digital, multidimensional context for the first time.
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