Mary Long, staff member at the Englehardt Branch in Lowell, is an avid movie fan. She enjoys a variety of movies from fiction to nonfiction. She is the go-to staff person when a patron wants a movie, but can neither remember the title or major parts of the plot, but knows “it’s got that woman who used to play a nurse on “ER” and is now a lawyer in the TV show “The Good Wife” . . . Here are some documentaries Mary has recommended and enjoyed:
The Address, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns, tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address:
Tim’s Vermeer might be a good choice if you enjoyed the movie The Monuments Men. This documentary is a Penn and Teller film about Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: how did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography?
The Whale: The True Story of Luna is narrated by Ryan Reynolds and tells the remarkable true story of a young wild killer whale who lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and became famous around the world when he tried to make friends with human beings.
Find other great documentary suggestions on our Documentary Films page on the KDL website.