Lynn Novick is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker and the director/producer of the PBS miniseries College
Behind Bars. The four-part documentary film series follows the lives of a group of men and women imprisoned in New York State for serious crimes, struggling to earn degrees in one of the most rigorous liberal arts college programs behind bars in America: the Bard Prison Initiative. Ken Burns is
Produced by Sarah Botstein, Salimah El-Amin and Mariah Doran, 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?
For nearly 30 years, Novick 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 by Sarah
Botstein, Novick and Burns, and written by Geoffrey C. Ward, received widespread critical acclaim and was seen by nearly 50 million viewers in the U.S., as well as millions more in nearly 100 countries. 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 and Burns are currently collaborating on a two-part biography of Ernest Hemingway slated for PBS broadcast in 2020, a
series about the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and a series on the history of crime and punishment in America. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University (Conn.) and lives in New York City.