Ric Burns & Lisa Ades - The Donner Party - 1992 Peabody Award Acceptance Speech
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Winner 1992 | WGBH-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, BBC, London, UK
At its best, television documentary ascends from telling tales of contemporary or historic events to true visual poetry. This aspiration is achieved in The Donner Party. By skillfully blending historic photos and diary entries with contemporary footage of the long trek, Ric Burns, Lisa Ades and their fine filmmaking team have created a compelling metaphor for the American expansion westward. At the same time, they have reminded us of the valiant effort required for easterners to make a new life in the west in the mid-19th century. As an excellent episode in an omnibus series of cultural prominence, a Peabody to The Donner Party, as presented on The American Experience.
By RichardCA 2019-09-18
His brother Ric Burns made a documentary about the Donner Party. It really is a masterpiece of non-fiction horror.
Unfortunately it's unavailable for streaming. Every time someone uploads it, it gets taken down.
This Peabody Award clip is all that's available. The DVD can be had for cheap on Amazon.
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