Noncom documentarian Burns heads for the Hill


Ken Burns has mastered the trick, from time to time, anyway, of keeping millions coming back to public television for days on end to watch non-moving pictures on various topics centered on the culture of the United States. On 4/27/10, he’ll be discussing one of his topics, the National Park system, with members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion Subcommittee.

The session may eventually involve broadcasters, since marketing and promotion is at its core. It’s called “America the Beautiful: Promoting Our National Parks as Travel Destinations.”

Burns, whose company is Florentine Films, is the closest thing to a media presence on the witness list. The Tuesday morning session kicks off at 10AM.