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Filmmaker Ken Burns speaks at SNHU
Burns said he’d found the drawing in 2001 while sifting through his father’s belongings after his father died.
He invested a modest sum of money his father left him. It climbed to “gargantuan” heights and he withdrew his money in 2008 shortly before the financial collapse of that year. He contacted Ted Benson, whose company, Benson Wood Homes, built Burns’ barn.
“In film after film, Ken has been telling us the truth,” Benson said of Burns, whose documentaries have featured baseball, prohibition and the Civil War and biopics, including one on the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Burns said he viewed architecture as “the most important of the arts,” as it, unlike film, music or painting, is “always with us” in the form of buildings people occupy.“American history is a loud, cacophonous, exquisite collection of voices that in the aggregate often combine to make the sweetest kind of music I know,” he said.
“I became interested early in my life in the power of history,” Burns said. “Not just the power of the stories from the top down, but also the bottom up.
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