Sarah Botstein | Producer

Sarah Botstein Botstein has been producing award-winning documentaries at Florentine Films since 1997. Along with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, she is currently producing an epic series about the history and meaning of the Vietnam War, scheduled to broadcast on PBS in 2017, and a two-part biography of Ernest Hemingway, slated for broadcast in 2019. She is also producing a feature length documentary, directed by Lynn Novick, exploring the personal and intellectual transformation of incarcerated men and women in a highly successful prison education program. Ken Burns is the film's Executive Producer.

Most recently, she produced and curated the content for the Ken Burns App, which launched in February 2014. The app employs cutting technology and innovative design to highlight themes in American history.

Botstein (along with Burns and Novick) also produced Prohibition (2011), a three-part series about the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment, and The War (2007), a seven-part series about the American experience of the Second World War. The War and Prohibition each received numerous awards, including several Emmy Awards, and were among the most-watched series on PBS in the past ten years. Botstein was also an associate producer on Jazz (2001), the critically acclaimed ten-part series.

In 2008, she and Burns partnered with Herzog and Company to produce The Work To Come, a tribute to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The film premiered at the Democratic National Convention.

Botstein has served as an advisor on many other Florentine productions, including: The Central Park FiveThe Dust BowlThe Tenth Inning, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Prior to joining the company, she worked for Serino Coyne Public Relations and Owen Comora Associates, where she represented sponsors of Public Television and helped promote: The WestThomas JeffersonLewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Botstein graduated from Barnard College/Columbia University with a degree in American Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter.

The Vietnam War on Nine PBS

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that premiered September 17, 2017 on Nine PBS.

In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Beginning October 3, the 10-part series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will re-air on a weekly basis. Tune in Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., beginning October 3.

Learn more at and Join the conversation at #VietnamWarPBS.

Story Collection Project

Story Collection Project

The Nine Network is partnering with the Missouri History Museum to gather diverse perspectives from members of the community. Veterans, those on the home front, and the Vietnamese community are encouraged to submit stories and remembrances online at

Watch Online

Streaming Schedule:

Beginning October 3, the 10-part series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will re-air on a weekly basis. Episodes will also be available to stream online for 2 weeks after each rebroadcast.

Ep. 1 10/3/1710/17/17
Ep. 2 10/3/1710/17/17
Ep. 3 10/10/1710/24/17
Ep. 4 10/17/1710/31/17
Ep. 5 10/24/1711/7/17
Ep. 6 10/31/1711/14/17
Ep. 7 11/7/1711/21/17
Ep. 8 11/14/1711/28/17
Ep. 9  11/21/1712/5/17
Ep. 10 11/28/1712/12/17

Nine Passport members have access to all episodes from 9/17/17 to 12/31/17, beginning Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.


The Vietnam War Community Impact Report

The Nine Network is able to achieve community impact through the power of public media. The scale of Nine’s reach across the region is a distinctively unique asset. We are a trusted convener and storyteller around issues affecting our region. The result of our work raises awareness, increases understanding, and moves our community to action. View the report.

Resources for Veterans

Through our work with community partners we have learned more about how this powerful documentary may be difficult for some to watch. Please know that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of services for veterans and their families.
Services are available from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ St. Louis Health Care System Mental Health Office. Call (314) 894-6653 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about available services.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs’ responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, or text. Responders are live, not recorded, and can be reached 24/7 at (800) 273-8255, press 1. You can also send a text to: 838255. Or visit to immediately chat with someone online.

Thank You to our Community of Sponsors

Title Sponsor
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Supporting Sponsors
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Bank of America
The Boeing Company
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Dan and Connie Burkhardt
Butler’s Pantry
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UMB Bank
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Patron Sponsors
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Edward Jones
Greater St. Louis Honor Flight
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Koplar
The Millstone Foundation
Kim and Bruce Olson
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Patrick and Peggy Sly

Table Sponsors
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Mr. Charles Brennan and Ms. Elizabeth Stohr
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Burke
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Pepe and Terry Finn
Sam and Marilyn Fox
​Jennifer and Tom Hillman
Ken and Leslie Kotiza
Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet
Mr. and Mrs. Thad Simons
St. Louis Public Library
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Toder
Washington University
Webster University
Milton and Nina Smiley Wilkins