Interview with Hollywood Librarian Director, Ann Seidl

Sept 27, 2007 Wisconsin Public Radio talk show host Kathleen Dunn talks with the maker of the new documentary, "The Hollywood Librarian" The film not only dispels stereotypes, but also presents libraries and literature as the bedrock of civilization. Guest: Ann Seidl, writer and director, The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians through Film. The interview will be available as an archived broadcast starting Sept.28.


Sssshhhhh! Documentary focuses on librarians...

Though the headline at The Journal Times On-line leaves something to be desired, The Hollywood Librarian got a good write up: "Sssshhhhh! Documentary focuses on librarians in films, and makes the case for libraries as the seat of civilization"
The review includes an interview with Ann Seidl. You can see where It's Playing at her site.

The Hollywood Librarian Visits Indiana

And critic Frank Gray of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reviews it.

From his column: "The focus of [Ann Seidl's 'The Hollywood Librarian'] will undoubtedly please real-life librarians, such as Lynn Hoffman, who has been with the Allen County Public Library for 11 years.

Yeah, she said, sometimes she does take the stereotype a bit personally. She wears her hair in a bun once in a while, and she wears glasses, too.

But, she adds, she likes to think of herself as a relatively young person and sort of cool. She was a cheerleader in high school, so she can't be too dull, and she's not a spinster. She's married. And on the day of the interview, when a gathering of senior citizens was making an incredible racket in the library, not once did she shush anyone.

"People say, 'You gotta have a degree to do this?' It hurts a little," Hoffman says. Most of what I do the public isn't aware of.

Katie Jacobs, who has been a librarian in the young-adults section in Fort Wayne, has been a librarian for six years.

"When people come up and say, God, what a boring job, I just think, 'Oh, go away.' "

Her job is way cooler than the jobs most people will ever have, she says.

But there's still that stereotype, that librarians main responsibility is protecting books from people and shushing visitors to the library. It's still widespread.

"I think it's funny," Jacobs said. "Kids come up and whisper, and I can't hear them."

Check out the film trailer on YouTube.

Award-Winning DVD About Sikhs "Mistaken Identity" Now Available

Filmmaker Sarkar writes "Have you heard about our successful screenings of DVD "MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Discovering Sikh Neighbors". Winner of three first prize awards for is the first film produced for mainstream America and part of a series of "getting to know the cultural and religious backgrounds of multicultural ethnic minority neighbors" in today's pluralistic society.

The 40-minute DVD documentary film is hosted by 22-year old Amanda Gesine, discovering her Sikh neighbors after 9/11 for the first time. She never had a Sikh friend in school or college and felt that racial profiling starts with ignorance and fear.

Visit our website, Cultural Diversity for more information where you can review three minutes of the film via streaming video.

DVDs are available for institutional Library Distribution $250.00 (copy of DVD or VHS, including written material/questionnaire, reviews) for the classroom and auditorium teaching of ethnic media, multicultural communications, divinity and comparative religions, modern and Asian anthropology, South Asian studies, human rights, tolerance, racial equality, etc. recommended for the attention of the Librarian.
  We have requests for screenings of MISTAKEN IDENTITY-A 9/11 Story as "A Celebration of Cultural Diversity" for mainstream Americans, Canadian and British viewers. Especially, in places where there are large communities of Sikhs.


Douglas County Libraries Will Screen The Hollywood Librarian

When the producers of The Hollywood Librarian announced the terms for screening the documentary in libraries, many of my colleagues were surprised. Who in the public (besides librarians) would want to pay to see a documentary about librarians? Well, it seems that the Douglas County Libraries think they have that audience. They plan to screen it on the Friday of Banned Books Week in October.


At libraries, everything goes on DVD

Video Buisness: In libraries, as in most other places, hit DVD releases from the major studios are popular, but librarians are finding niche categories also can do well.

The Hollywood Librarian Show Locations 9/29-10/6

LibrariAnn writes "The producers of the new documentary The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film today announced that the list of screening locations for the film during Banned Books Week (September 29 through October 6) now numbers 42 across the North American continent. The film will be shown from Saratoga Springs, New York to Anchorage, Alaska, with Canada libraries in Winnipeg and Quebec also participating.

Memphis, Tennessee, Ketchum, Idaho and Las Cruces, New Mexico are among the locations where libraries will host the film with everything from red carpet entrances to lunchtime brown bag discussions. The full list (available as a Google Map on the home page at, ''Where to See the Film'' or Here) comprises 64 screenings in 19 states, plus the two Canadian locations.

The 96-minute documentary is the first look at the real work and skills of the more than 60,000 librarians working in the U.S. The film provides a glimpse into this well-loved but little understood profession and will leave audiences with a new appreciation for a group of people who have been called "democracy's heroes."

The August 15 deadline to fax a signed Screening Agreement has passed, but due to numerous requests the deadline has been extended until August 24 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Screening Agreements are available at the film - website at"

Kids likely can keep borrowing R-rated rentals from library

The Orlando Sentinel has a Decent Article on the ol' R-rated movies for kids story. The county's library advisory board voted 9-0 to let the kids take what they want, but now the commissioners are expected to take a look.
"You kind of start going down a slippery slope" by creating restrictions, Cadwell said. "Some of our greatest literary pieces would probably be considered R-rated."

Premiere/nationwide release of librarian doc film

Ann Seidl writes "Video footage from the June 22 premiere of The Hollywood Librarian in Washington D.C. is up at the film's website:

"...touching, amusing, insightful and entirely delightful film..." Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation

"Brilliant!" ~Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

" engaging, often humorous look..." ~Randy Pitman, Video Librarian

The film is being released nationwide in libraries during Banned Books Week , September 29 to October 6. To find out how to screen the film at your library, go to Deadline to sign up is August 15, 2007."

Lying? Or Bad Research?

Cliff Urr writes "Several nights ago Larry King had on his show Michael Moore, director of the documentary "Sicko," and Sanjay Gupta, an MD with CNN who challenged some of the "facts" in Moore's film. Moore did an effective job showing Gupta's facts or charges were wrong and his own correct. The article at this link, titled, "In Sicko "fact check," CNN's Gupta falsely claimed his source's "only affiliation is with Vanderbilt University", This article gives me the impression Gupta was lying, in saying he told a "falsehood," but he struck me as a decent, well-meaning and even kindly man who was telling the truth as he knew it. However, his information was simply wrong, inaccurate. The serious flaws in his research -"fact-checking" — is made crystal-clear in Moore's point-by-point rebuttal to Gupta on the former's web site here: ?id=10017 If Gupta was not consciously uttering falsehoods, as I am inclined to think, did he merely have a bad day? (As anybody doing reference/research could.) Or is it something much more subtle, such as that his thinking occurs in a box that he never gets out of. And when one is thinking out of a too-small box about a subject whose roots are too big for the small box to handle, one ends up with terrible research results. This is not to say Moore's box does not limit him. It does, though from a different end of the spectrum than Gupta, which is a whole other story. What do you think?"


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