KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY PRESENTS LYNN NOVICK, CO-DIRECTOR OF LANDMARK PBS DOCUMENTARY SERIES THE VIETNAM WAR Press Release 2/19/18 (Kent, Connecticut) –The Kent Memorial Library invites you to attend a very special afternoon with one of the country’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers, Lynn Novick, co-director, with Ken Burns of the landmark PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War. Novick will share selected scenes and discuss the challenges of making the epic film as well as the response to it around the country and the world. Ms. Novick’s presentation will be Sunday, April 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Kent School’s state-of-the-art Mattison Auditorium, 1 Macedonia Road.

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, directed with Ken Burns, that aired on PBS in the fall of 2017. Novick and Burns have long been creative partners and collaborators, responsible for some of the most respected 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 and was seen by nearly 40 million viewers in the USA as well as millions more around the globe. A groundbreaking 360-degree exploration of the conflict, 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 (working title), a contemporary documentary produced by Sarah Botstein, Salimah El Amin and Mariah Doran, 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 2019. Novick and Burns are currently collaborating on a biography of Ernest Hemingway, and are developing series about the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and the history of crime and punishment in America. She lives in New York City.

Questions and Answers will follow Ms. Novick’s presentation. The Vietnam War books & DVDs will be available to pre-purchase only when registering at the Library or online. Book: $60 & DVD: $99.95. Ms. Novick will be happy to sign them. Please indicate the number of book(s) and/or DVD(s) you plan to purchase and you can pick them up at the presentation. Deadline for book/dvd purchase is April 10, 2018.

To attend, you MUST register. There is no reserved seating – first come, first served. To register for seats: $20.00 per person (all proceeds to benefit the Library). Since the program is expected to be fully booked, please register now at or at Kent Memorial Library. There are no refunds. (Note: seating is limited, act as soon as possible to ensure a seat!)

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit for more information.