Updated Fri, Feb 21, 2014 3:33 pm
Tuesday, April 15 • 9 p.m.
THE ADDRESS, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, will air April 15, 2014, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). The film tells the
story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.
The Greenwood School students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic and social progress challenging. THE ADDRESS reveals how President Lincoln’s historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after Lincoln delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause with some of the most stirring words ever spoken.
In November 2013, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary and in conjunction with the film, Burns and PBS launched LearnTheAddress.org, an initiative that invites people to upload videos of themselves reciting the Gettysburg Address to the project’s web site. To date, the site has accepted thousands of submissions from people across the country.
This fall, PBS will air another new series from Burns, THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY. The seven-part, 14-hour series presents the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and is the first to weave their individual stories into a single narrative. In 2015, PBS will air THE STORY OF CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES. Executive produced by Burns and directed by Barak Goodman, THE STORY OF CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES is based on the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. The three-part, six-hour film will layer three different stories: a riveting historical documentary, an engrossing and intimate film that focuses on current patients, and a scientific and investigative report.