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Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man Behind the National Enquirer
Directed by
Ric Burns

USA / 2014 / 97

World Premiere

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Ric Burns
Emmy award winning filmmaker Ric Burns focuses his camera on "The National Enquirer" and its legendary founder and editor, Gene Pope, whose outsized personality matched the paper. Pope learned the tricks of the trade from his father, an Italian newspaper editor, and took what was a struggling broadsheet and transformed it into the world's most read tabloid. Burns follows the fascinating and incredible 80 year history of the Enquirer: from being a notorious tabloid to the corner stone of a huge media empire and a major breaking news source.
Ric Burns is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer, best known for his eight-part, seventeen and a half hour series, "New York: A Documentary Film," which premiered nationally on PBS to wide public and critical acclaim when broadcast in November 1999, September 2001, and September 2003.

Burns has been writing, directing and producing historical documentaries for nearly 20 years, since his collaboration on the celebrated PBS series "The Civil War," (1990), which he produced with his brother Ken and co-wrote with Geoffrey C. Ward.

In 2009, Mr. Burns completed "We Shall Remain: Tecumseh’s Vision", part two of a five-part history of Native America, followed by the Emmy nominated documentary "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World" in 2010, both of which aired nationally as part of WGBH Boston’s American Experience.

Mr. Burns most recently finished "Death and the Civil War", a film based on the best-selling book "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War" by acclaimed historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust. The film examines the unprecedented death toll and carnage that the Civil War had on American society and government. Death and the Civil War is set to air nationally on PBS on September 18th, 2012.

Burns was educated at Columbia University and Cambridge University. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

Producer(s): Ric Burns
Director(s): Ric Burns


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