This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies.
Gary Olsen gives monthly film lectures at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on the best film directors of all time. His previous lecture series on the Academy Awards' best pictures drew upon his extensive knowledge of film and cinema history.
Mr. Olsen worked as a producer, director, editor, and videographer for the U.S. Department of Justice for 30 years before his retirement in 2013. A graduate of Emerson College, with a master of arts in communication and media studies, he has written on film for Front Porch magazine and The Free Lance-Star newspaper.
He also shares his knowledge of cinema with students who attend Mary Washington ElderStudy.
Here, he shares some of his favorite books and films: