COUNTRY MUSIC Producers in Montgomery
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Posted Feb 4, 2019

COUNTRY MUSIC Producers in Montgomery

Meet Producers at Alabama Department of Achives and History
See Preview of Hank Williams Story

Friday, March 29 at 6:00pm

PBS will take viewers on a journey through the compelling history of country music beginning in September with a new eight-part, 16-hour film directed by Ken Burns and produced by Burns and his longtime collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey. Alabama Public Television has invited Duncan and Dunfey to present excerpts from COUNTRY MUSIC focusing on Alabama’s Hank Williams at a special event Friday, March 29 at 6:00pm at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery.

Duncan, who wrote the script for COUNTRY MUSIC as well as the companion book (Alfred A. Knopf) says the film tells the story of country music from its earliest days, exploring the fascinating lives of trailblazers along the way. In addition to Alabama’s Hank Williams and Emmylou Harris, the film includes biographies of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and many more.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History, located next to the Alabama State Capitol and just a short drive from the cemetery where Hank Williams is buried, will host the screening on March 29. The Archives has an extensive collection of Hank Williams memorabilia and other related items that will be on display for guests attending the screening, which will be held in the Joseph M. Farley Auditorium. Dayton and Dunfey will introduce the film and answer audience questions at the end. Alabama Public Television and the Archives will host a reception afterwards for attendees to meet the producers.

“Nothing says Alabama more than the soulful sound of classic country music,” said Steve Murray, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. “We are delighted to host a preview of what will be another terrific PBS documentary shedding light on an essential aspect of southern and American culture.”


Funding for COUNTRY MUSIC was provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by the following members of ‘The Better Angels Society:’ The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Fred and Donna Seigel, Mercedes T. Bass, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Lillian Lovelace, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. 


Dayton Duncan

Duncan has also been involved for many years with the work of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. For THE WEST, a 12-hour series about the history of the American West, broadcast in 1996, Duncan was the co-writer and consulting producer. It won the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians. He was the writer and producer of LEWIS & CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY, a four-hour documentary broadcast in November 1997. The film attained the second-highest ratings (following THE CIVIL WAR) in the history of PBS and won a Western Heritage award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and a CINE Golden Eagle, as well as many other honors. He was the co-writer and producer of MARK TWAIN, a four-hour film biography of the great American humorist. HORATIO'S DRIVE, about the first transcontinental automobile trip, which he wrote and produced, won a Christopher Award. THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA, which he wrote and produced, won two Emmy awards – for outstanding nonfiction series and outstanding writing for nonfiction programming. His most recent film with Burns was THE DUST BOWL, a two-part series about the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, broadcast in November 2012. It won a CINE Golden Eagle and a Western Heritage award; his script won a Spur Award and has been nominated for an Emmy. Duncan has also served as a consultant or consulting producer on all of Burns's other documentaries, beginning with THE CIVIL WAR and including BASEBALLJAZZ, and THE WAR, among others.

Julie Dunfey

Julie A. Dunfey began her association with Ken Burns and Florentine Films in 1986 as a co-producer of THE CIVIL WAR and THOMAS HART BENTONTHOMAS HART BENTON, which was broadcast in 1989, received a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival. THE CIVIL WAR, for which Julie received an Emmy and a Christopher Award, premiered in 1990 and became the most highly rated series in PBS history.  She was a consultant on MARK TWAINJAZZNOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE: THE STORY OF ELIZABETH CADY STANTON AND SUSAN B. ANTHONYHORATIO'S DRIVE; and THE WAR, all Florentine Films productions. Julie was co-producer for THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA, which was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. Her latest production with Ken Burns, THE DUST BOWL, premiered on national PBS in November 2012 and was the most highly rated show on PBS in five years, attracting over 17 million viewers. It won a CINE Golden Eagle and a Western Heritage Award. With Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, Julie was nominated in 2013 by the Producers Guild for Outstanding Producer of Long Form-Television

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