TCA 2014: Ken Burns digs up unseen footage for 'The Roosevelts'

July 22, 2014 11:38 PM

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Ken Burns is used to telling stories that have been told before. That comes with the territory when you work on documentaries covering momentous points in history, including the Civil War, World War II and the Prohibition era. But for his new seven-part, 14-hour documentary "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," Burns and his longtime collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward have managed to find new material on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that many people have never seen.

"We had finished our film, it was long done and mastered, and we discovered four seconds of film through the University of Pennsylvania. At great expense, we cut that back into the film," Burns told the press at a discussion on Tuesday, PBS' day at the TCA summer press tour.

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