February 10 - 12, 2023
Ken Burns has been making documentary films about America’s history and its people for over forty years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries about war, racism, and presidential leadership.
Ken Burns comes to Gettysburg for the first ever festival dedicated solely to his work on February 10-12, 2023. More than a career retrospective, festival goers will engage with Burns, his collaborators, historians, and students in consequential conversations about the simple question Burns has explored in all his films: Who Are We?
All festival events require ticket reservations. All festival events are general admission.
Paid events: $29 each
Tickets are available online, by phone at (717) 337-8200 or at the Box Office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg.
Free events: All breakout sessions and most screenings
Tickets for free events must be reserved in person or by phone. Print and fill out the form available here to plan your festival reservation, and then call or visit the Box Office to secure your reservation. Advanced reservation strongly recommended.
Festival Package: $99
Includes admission to the three paid events, and early seating at all festival events. Tickets for free events and breakout sessions must be reserved separately.
The Civil War Pass: Free
Includes admission to all episodes of The Civil War shown Saturday and Sunday. Does not include admission to the showing of Episode 5 on Friday, February 10. This pass must be reserved in person or by phone.
All festival events require ticket reservations. All festival events are general admission. All titles, session topics and speakers subject to change. Please click here for a timeline version of the schedule.
5-6 pm: Brooklyn Bridge – Free
7-9:15 pm: Ken Burns Presents The Civil War, Episode 5 –$29
Post-screening discussion with Ken Burns and Jake Boritt to follow
10-11:30 am: Thematic Clip Reel 1 with Ken Burns – $29
Topic and runtime TBA
11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Breakout Session: Music – Free
Speakers: Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Jacqueline Schwab
12:20-2 pm: The Civil War, Episode 1 – The Cause (1861) – Free
2 - 3:30 pm: Thematic Clip Reel 2 with Ken Burns – $29
Topic and runtime TBA
2:20 - 3:29 pm: The Civil War, Episode 2 – A Very Bloody Affair (1862) – Free
3:45 – 5:01 pm: The Civil War, Episode 3 – Forever Free (1862) – Free
3:45 – 5 pm: Breakout Session: Writing – Free
Speakers: Sarah Botstein, producer; Geoffrey Ward, writer
5:15 - 6:16 pm: The Civil War, Episode 4 – Simply Murder (1863) – Free
5:30 – 6:55 pm: The Vietnam War, Episode 5 – This is What We Do (July-Dec. 1967) – Free
6:30 – 8:06 pm: The Civil War, Episode 5 – The Universe of Battle (1863) – Free
7 – 9:30 pm: The Central Park Five – Free
Live discussion to follow with activist Kevin Richardson, one of the exonerated men featured in the film.
7:30 – 9:30 pm: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Episode 5 – The Rising Road (1933-1939) – Free
11 am – 12:09 pm: The Civil War, Episode 6 – Valley of the Shadow of Death (1964) – Free
11 am – 12:30 pm: Breakout Session: Cinematography – Free
Speaker: Allen Moore, Director of Photography
12:25 – 1:37 pm: The Civil War, Episode 7 – Most Hallowed Ground (1864) – Free
1 – 4 pm: The War, Episode 4 – Pride of Our Nation (June-August 1944) – Free
A live discussion featuring Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emerita of Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute and Tracie Potts, Executive Director of Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute, will immediately follow the episode showing.
2 – 3:09 pm: The Civil War, Episode 8 – War is All Hell (1865) – Free
3:30 - 4:38 pm: The Civil War, Episode 9 – The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) – Free
4 - 6 pm: Country Music, Episode 6 – Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972) – Free
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