Our longstanding partnership with award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has spawned many a great story, along with cherished memories of insider experiences our guests won’t soon forget. One of the highlights for guests who travel with us on Hidden Gems of New England is the unique opportunity to visit Ken’s editing studio, Florentine Films, in Walpole, New Hampshire. Here we enjoy a rare personal look at his craft, learning how he creates his movie magic from real-life footage of interviews and landscapes shot all over America and seeing where it all comes together. The tables were turned on a past visit when camera crews from 60 Minutes came into his studio to interview Ken for an upcoming show, which aired on November 8. During the interview, Ken eloquently spoke with reporter Scott Pelley, giving him a personal glimpse into how his films are made, the messages he hopes to convey through them and how he became the person he is today, an exclusive experience we are privileged to share with our guests on tour.
As Tauck Director Gloria Swanson Ream notes, “Our group was actually touring the Walpole studio that morning albeit a little earlier than usual so the CBS crew could set up. How great for our guests; I’m sure those who were watching had a smile on their face remembering that day! Here’s to more memories like that ahead!”