The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film aims to help up-and-coming filmmakers with that final push.

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As Ken Burns told me, a finishing grant can make or break a film.

The 16-time Emmy winner may never have made his first documentary — 1981 Academy Award-nominated “Brooklyn Bridge”— had it not been for those final grants, he told me.

“I remember starting out, I looked like I was 12 years old, trying to raise money for a film on the Brooklyn Bridge,” the New
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