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Burns to honor Waterston at OSV fundraiser event



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Ken Burns, pictured, will present distinguished actor Sam Waterston with the fourth annual Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award at a fundraising dinner to benefit Old Sturbridge Village Tuesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. (click for larger version)
May 02, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will present award-winning actor Sam Waterston with the fourth annual Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award at a fundraising dinner to benefit Old Sturbridge Village on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m.

The Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award is presented jointly with Old Sturbridge Village each year to an individual who has significantly impacted the arts through projects related to history. Last year's award was given to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and the 2009 award went to actress Laura Linney in recognition of her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO series "John Adams." OSV presented the first lifetime achievement award to Ken Burns himself in 2008 to honor his many award-winning documentary films.

The respect between Burns and OSV is a mutual one, as Burns featured OSV in his first film, a 28-minute work titled "Working in Rural New England." He would spend the better part of the next three decades producing films and establishing himself as one of the most talented filmmakers in the industry.

"I still remember every shot of that film," Burns said when asked about "Working in Rural New England." "In the very last scene, I did a pan across a painting and literally found what I would spend the next 36 years doing. I began my professional life with that project. It's how I learned how to write a proposal, stay on budget, and speak in public. My interest in history was born at Old Sturbridge Village."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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