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Lynn Novick        

Documentary Filmmaker

Lynn Novick is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. For nearly 30 years, she has been directing and producing films about American history and culture, most recently The Vietnam War, an immersive, 10-part, 18-hour epic co-directed with Ken Burns that aired on PBS in the fall of 2017. Novick and Burns have collaborated on some of the most acclaimed and top-rated documentaries to have aired on PBS, including Prohibition, Baseball, Jazz, Frank Lloyd Wright and The War, a seven part, 15-hour exploration of ordinary Americans’ experiences in World War II.

The Vietnam War, produced with Sarah Botstein and written by Geoffrey C. Ward, received widespread critical acclaim was seen by nearly 34 million viewers in the USA. A groundbreaking 360-degree exploration of the war, the series features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as dozens of Vietnamese combatants and civilians from the winning and losing sides.

Novick is currently directing College Behind Bars (w.t.), a feature length documentary produced by Sarah Botstein, about a group of men and women imprisoned in New York State for serious crimes, struggling to earn degrees in a rigorous liberal arts college program – the Bard Prison Initiative. College Behind Bars asks several essential questions: What is prison for? Who in America has access to educational opportunity? Can we have justice without redemption? The film will air on PBS in 2018. Novick and Burns are currently collaborating on a two-part biography of Ernest Hemingway, slated for completion in 2020. She lives in New York City.

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick directed 'The Vietnam War' together ...

Above: Lynn Novick interviews Duong Van Mai Elliott, who grew up in Vietnam and worked for the RAND Corp. interviewing captured Viet Cong fighters.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick preview "The Vietnam War" - Videos ...

The documentary filmmakers' latest project, a 10-part series on the U.S. war in Vietnam, premieres Sunday on PBS.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Tackle the Vietnam War - The New York ...

Americans are still divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War. Can Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's 18-hour documentary help put the demons of that era — and ...

Why The Vietnam War Is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's Most ...

But by 2006, when the filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick were finishing up their World War II documentary series, The War, they felt that the timing was ...

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