OPB is proud to host award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns when he visits Portland this summer to discuss and share clips from his upcoming series THE WAR. The event will take place at the Newmark Theater on Monday, July 9 at 7pm. A question and answer session with the filmmaker will follow his presentation.

The seven-part series, six years in the making, tells the story of World War II through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history — a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America — and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. The film will air on OPB over two weeks beginning September 23.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts box office at 111 SW Broadway Ave., through Ticketmaster at 503.790.ARTS or Ticketmaster.com.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for Veterans through the Veterans Administration by calling 503.273.5042.

For more information go to www.opb.org/thewar.

About Ken Burns
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated BROOKLYN BRIDGE in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made including BASEBALL, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, JAZZ, MARK TWAIN, LEWIS & CLARK, THE WEST, THE CIVIL WAR and many more. The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of Burns’ films, “More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.” A December 2002 poll conducted by RealScreen Magazine listed THE CIVIL WAR as second only to Robert Flaherty’s “Nanook of the North” as the “most influential documentary of all time” and named Ken Burns and Robert Flaherty as the “most influential documentary makers” of all time.

About OPB
OPB is the state’s most far-reaching and accessible media resource, providing free access to programming for children and adults designed to give voice to community, connect Oregon and its neighbors and illuminate a wider world. Every week, over 1.5 million people tune in to or log on to OPB’s Television, Radio and Internet services. As the hub of operations for the state’s Emergency Broadcast and Amber Alert services, OPB serves as the backbone for the distribution of critical information to broadcasters and homes throughout Oregon. OPB is one of the largest producers and presenters of national television programming through PBS, and is also a member station of NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.