Later this month, Ken Burns will screen his new documentary The Dust Bowl at Mountainfilm in Telluride. On November 18 and 19, PBS will air his two-part, four-hour documentary on one of the greatest environmental disasters in American history. How does Burns pick the stories he will feature in his epic historical films? He reveals a bit about that in the above video.
Burns has directed films on baseball, the fighter Jack Johnson, and the National Parks. The way in which he tells stories results from dealing with the death of his mother at a very young age. It's not worth saying anymore than that—just watch the video above if you haven't yet.
For a preview of The Dust Bowl, check out the trailer below.