The Filmmakers



Erik Ewers

Co-Director and editor Erik Ewers has worked with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for more than 27 years on almost all of his single and multi-episodic films, including Baseball, Jazz, Mark Twain, The War, Prohibition, The Roosevelts, and his recent critically acclaimed miniseries, Vietnam. He currently serves as Ken’s senior editor on his upcoming Country Music miniseries, and as co-director and editor of Ewers Brothers—which has become one of the “go-to” production companies that co-creates Ken's documentary films. Erik has been nominated for more than 7 personal and program Emmy Awards, and consequently has won 1 editing Emmy Award and 3 program Emmys.  Additionally, he has also earned 2 prestigious ACE Eddie Award nominations and 1 ACE win for “Best Edited Documentary of 2015." By working in many other professional film roles, Erik is extremely knowledgeable and capable in all aspects of film—having served as music producer, writer, director, film producer, picture editor, sound effects, music and dialogue editor.

Christopher Loren Ewers

Co-Director and cinematographer Christopher Loren Ewers' career behind the camera has spanned over 20 years. He studied cinematography at Boston University, photojournalism at the New England School of Photography and has traveled the world exploring the human experience through the lens. His eclectic work includes a variety of subjects, formats and collaborators. From renown documentarian Ken Burns and Florentine Films to national networks like NBC and PBS. From Fortune 500 brands like Apple, Coca-Cola, Vineyard Vines and IBM to nonprofit organizations like the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Clinton Global Initiative. However, it's the unique mix of both film and journalism backgrounds that puts documentary filmmaking at the center of his work. He and Erik are currently directing a feature length documentary about the history of the Mayo Clinic which is scheduled to broadcast on PBS in 2018. The film is executive produced by Ken Burns.


Julie Coffman

Producer Julie Coffman has spent the last 8 years working with the Ewers Brothers where she has produced and co-produced numerous films, most recently Walden, a documentary short created for the nonprofit Walden Woods Project which recently premiered in Boston, MA. The film which explores the life and writings of Henry David Thoreau was co-produced by Don Henley and Kathi Anderson and executive produced by Ken Burns.  Coffman is currently producing a two-hour film about the history of the Mayo Clinic, slated for broadcast on PBS in 2018. Ken Burns is the film’s Executive Producer. 

Coffman is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Graphic Design. 

David Blistein

Writer David Blistein spent 25 years as the Owner and Creative Director of a regional ad agency, after which he began writing non-fiction books and documentaries. He was a writer on the PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (2015) and is currently working on documentaries about The Mayo Clinic (Fall 2018) and The Gene (est. 2019). David co-wrote Grover Cleveland Again! with Ken Burns (2016)–a book about the American presidents for young adults—and is the author of David's Inferno (2013). Currently, he is writing a book on the history of opium with John Halpern, MD.