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Ken Burns

By Ken Burns Media, LLC

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See America through the eyes of award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

Includes a brand new playlist around the theme of Leadership with introductions from Ken and new clips from across his filmography, including his latest film, The Roosevelts.

This app is not a collection of Ken’s filmography—it’s an entirely new way of looking at American history, only available on iPad.

Ken has been producing documentaries for over three decades, including such films as The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks, Frank Lloyd Wright, Prohibition and Mark Twain. Now, he has returned to this body of work and selected scenes illustrating recurring themes in American history.

View this app’s streaming video content with one of these features:

• Timeline view: Zoom in and out to explore a chronological history of America. Select scenes from the films to learn about that particular moment.
• Theme view: Select a theme (Art, Hard Times, Innovation, Politics, Race, War, Leadership) to see a playlist of scenes selected by Ken. Each playlist illustrates common patterns in the American story. In the playlist “Race,” for example, you’ll see how moments from The Civil War, Baseball, Thomas Jefferson and Jazz are related.
• Film view: Select your favorite Ken Burns film, like The War or Baseball, to watch scenes from that film. See what themes appear in your favorite film and how they reappear in the other films.

NOTE: One playlist (around the theme of Innovation) is included free with download. To view five additional playlists, including over three hours of video and more exclusive content from Ken, unlock the full version from within the app for $9.99.

The Ken Burns app was designed with iOS 7 and Retina Display in mind, so every full-screen video is rendered in stunning quality.

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What's New in Version 1.0.13

Includes a brand new playlist around the theme of Leadership with introductions from Ken and new clips from across his filmography, including his latest film, The Roosevelts.

Some users who had unlocked the previous version may encounter a bug where the app crashes after updating through the App Store. If this happens, simply delete the app from your iPad and then re-download from the App Store and install it. Click "restore purchases" and the app should work perfectly.

Also includes minor updates and enhancements.

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Customer Reviews

Thank you very intuitive!

I'm giving the app 4 start because I have 15 minutes of experience with it. I have not unlocked any videos.
This app works perfect! iOS 8.1.
Fantastic history app!
I have noticed a lot of famous people's voices narrating, very clear.

it was cool…when it worked.

i purchased the free version; upgraded to the “unlocked” version; did the update this month and now it doesn’t even open. hopefully a fix is in the works. it’s a great quick reference to all the great history of the U S., when it works.

Can't wait to see the videos!

But no idea when that's going to happen since it won't open. Crashes each time I try to access it. Please fix!

Ken Burns
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  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2014
  • Version: 1.0.13
  • Size: 29.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Ken Burns Media, LLC
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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