It's surprising what you can find in small New England towns. Consider Walpole, N.H., in the southwest corner of the Granite State.
That is where Ken Burns, Elaine Mayes and Roger Sherman, classmates at Hampshire College (in nearby Amherst, Mass.), in 1976 founded a documentary film company called Florentine Films, which went on to produce the famous films The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Roosevelts (2014) and The Vietnam War (2017).
The name of the company came from Florence, Mass., Mayes's home town, also in the Connecticut River Valley. A rather cozy company.