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Cult-inspiring, award-winning documentarian Ken Burns will be at the Brooklyn Public Library Tuesday to screen and discuss his first film, 1981’s Oscar-nominated "Brooklyn Bridge." The film chronicles, in Burns’s much-imitated style, the conception and construction of the bridge that serves as one of New York City’s greatest industrial age icons.

The presentation is part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s independent film and discussion series, "Documenting Brooklyn."

Moderating the event is New York historian Kenneth Jackson, who will give a presentation on the bridge’s history before the screening. Burns will introduce "Brooklyn Bridge" with a discussion of the making of the film, and will follow the screening with a Q & A session with the audience.

Burns, born in Brooklyn in 1953, has produced, directed and/or written nearly 20 documentaries since the early 1980s. Among his films are 1985’s "The Statue of Liberty," which was also nominated for an Oscar; 1990’s "The Civil War," which won two Emmys and was the highest rated series in the history of American public television; and 1994’s "Baseball," an Emmy winning, 18-hour film covering the history of the sport.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 pm, and will be held in the second floor meeting room of Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch. The intimate room holds about 150 people, so get there early to claim a seat.

"Brooklyn Bridge" will be screened and discussed with Ken Burns on Dec. 6 at 7 pm at Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch, Grand Army Plaza. For more information, call (718) 230-2100 or visit the Web site,

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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