(Rochester, New York) – The Address, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice, and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.
The Greenwood School students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic, and social progress challenging. The Address reveals how President Lincoln’s historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after Lincoln delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause with some of the most stirring words ever spoken.
In celebration of the film and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, WXXI has joined Ken Burns’ and PBS’ national public outreach campaign to challenge everyone across the country, especially students to submit their recordings. We encourage kids and adults of all ages to learn the 272-word Gettysburg Address, and video record themselves reading or reciting it. You can submit your video online at WXXI.org/theaddress.
In addition to the premiere on WXXI-TV, WXXI will host a free preview screening of The Address on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre, theater 1. In addition to the screening, WXXI will share several local Gettysburgh Address videos already submitted by those in our community. This event is free and open to the public. Seats are first come, first served.
Local funding for this project is provided in part by: Harris Beach PLLC Attorneys at Law.
Pictured: Students from Greenwood School
Credit: Courtesy of Lindsay Taylor Jackson
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