Dayton Duncan, co-producer of “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” will appear at the Criterion on Sept. 26. PHOTO COURTESY OF FRIENDS OF ACADIA

‘America’s Best Idea’ filmmaker to appear

BAR HARBOR — Award-winning writer, producer and historian Dayton Duncan will appear on The Criterion Theatre stage on Monday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. This event, part of the Acadia National Park Centennial celebration, is sponsored by the theater, Friends of Acadia and Somes Pond Center.

Dayton Duncan was the writer and co-producer of the 2009 documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” a six-episode series by filmmaker Ken Burns, filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales, from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska.

Portions of the documentary will be screened, with an emphasis on Acadia, followed by a question-and-answer session with Duncan.

“Acadia was the first national park east of the Mississippi and the first ever created from land donated to the nation by private citizens,” Duncan said, “beginning a tradition of philanthropy and the parks that continues to this day. It’s an inspiring story about an inspiring and beautiful place, and I’m looking forward to being back in Acadia to help celebrate its centennial.

Duncan last appeared on stage at the Criterion together with Ken Burns for a sold-out preview event in advance of the documentary’s premiere on public television. In addition, that premiere was simulcast at the theater to an enthusiastic audience.

General admission tickets cost $6 and can be purchased at or at the box office starting at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event.



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