The Documentary Life - The Documentary Life EPISODE 118
118 – Filming Behind Bars with Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein
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118 – Filming Behind Bars with Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

Two veterans of Ken Burns films, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, have recently completed work on their documentary film, four-part PBS series, College Behind Bars And I had the pleasure of speaking with the both of them about some of their experiences working on Ken Burns’ films as well as what it was like going off on their own for their most recent work.

Topics Discussed

  • how teaching classes in prison inspired Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein to make College Behind Bars
  • Novick and Botstein detail the logistics of making a documentary film in a prison
  • how working with Ken Burns over the years informed their whittling down of 400 hours of verite footage into four hours of a series
  • Novick and Botstein discuss how we, as doc filmmakers, experience profound change in our lives making our films and working with our subjects

 

Additional Resources

Watch the extended trailer for, College Behind Bars

Watch an extended trailer for, The Vietnam War

 

 

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