Ken Burns takes on Cancer
Who has not been stung, in one way or another, by cancer?
The statistics cited by PBS's Sharon Rockefeller are staggering: In our lifetime, she says, one in two men, one in three women, and one in 300 children will get some form of cancer. She was one of them; Rockefeller is a colon cancer survivor. So when she read Siddhartha Mukherjee's book The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, she was determined to make it into a film
So she turned to PBS's premiere filmmaker, Ken Burns — whose mother died of breast cancer when he was eleven — to shepherd the project. The result is a three part, six-hours series arriving on March 30 narrated by Edward Herrmann, who died of brain cancer shortly after completing work on the film.
"He felt it was appropriate that it was going to be his final project," says Barak Goodman, who produced and directed the film. ."He did an absolutely magnificent job. I can't tell you how hard he pushed to get this done and get it right."Tune into KQED the evening of March 30th to catch this program.
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