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A Conversation with Ken Burns and Julie Dunfey in Portland: Their New Documentary Film Series “Country Music”

Documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Julie Dunfey are coming to Portland this summer for a preview event and live conversation about their new eight-part, 16-hour documentary film series “Country Music.” 

The evening, hosted by OPB, will take place Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)  at Revolution Hall in Portland. The program will feature highlights from the documentary, followed by a discussion with both filmmakers led by OPB’s “State of Wonder” Host April Baer.  

 “Country Music” premieres on OPB TV September 15, 2019. It chronicles the history of country music, from its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity. It explores how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, featuring never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. It’s a story that no one has told in this way before. More information about the film is available at  

Funding for “Country Music” is provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of ‘The Better Angels Society,’ including: The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Mercedes T. Bass, Fred and Donna Seigel, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Lillian Lovelace, John and Leslie McQuown, the Segal Family Foundation, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.  

“Country Music” is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns, written by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Duncan, Julie Dunfey and Burns.  

Tickets to “A Conversation with Ken Burns & Julie Dunfey” are available at the Revolution Hall Box Office online or by calling (971) 808-5091. Tickets can also be purchased via Ticketfly at (877) 435-9849.

This is an all-ages event. For more information about the venue, visit         

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