Save and Burn to show in London Palestine Fest

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Thanks to an English library writer, I found out that the most interesting film about libraries that I for one have ever seen will be playing next month in London. You can read about the film and the amazing filmmaker, Julian Samuel, who has a great new website.


Why so many novels never make it to the big screen

The cinemas are full of turkeys yet that brilliant novel you read three years ago has never been made into a film. Danuta Kean descends into development hell and finds out why so many authors get trapped there. Jenny Colgan found herself in a situation with her first novel Amanda's Wedding. She recalls: "Warner Bros bought Amanda's Wedding in conjunction with a then little-known production company called Heyday Films. 'We'll definitely make your movie,' said the producer. 'We've just got this little project in front of yours.' The project in front of mine was only bloody Harry Potter. Hey, maybe after they have made the seventh they will give me a call." I wouldn't hold my breath.


'Rex Libris' Coming to the Big Screen

Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers has hired Mark Burton to write the screenplay adaptation of comic book Rex Libris by James Turner.

"This is the story of Rex Libris, Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library, and his unending struggle against the forces of ignorance and darkness. With the aid of an ancient god who lives beneath the library branch, Rex travels to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of overdue books."


Review of library film "Remote Access"

Steve Fesenmaier writes "REMOTE ACCESS: Distant Libraries of the World.
24 mins. 2005
A film review by Steve Fesenmaier March 7, 2007

During the last 29 years I have tried to watch every film made by anyone promoting the use of libraries. I have screened them at our state library conferences, and even helped make the single most interesting film I have ever seen about libraries, Julian Samuels's "Save and Burn." (He has made two films on libraries "Burn" and an earlier one, "The Library in Crisis," both available from Filmakers Library.) The San Francisco Public Library has asked me to find an amazing film about the Bibliotheque Nationale made by Alain Renais and I once hoped to screen a series of films at The New York Public Library Donnell Library made by librarian filmmakers. (Plans fell through a year or so ago" .. I am not sure why..)

New film blog by librarian in West Virginia

Steve Fesenmaier writes "I have been writing about West Virginia movies since 1978, first for The Appalachian Intelligencer, an indie newspaper, then The West Virginia Arts News, and since 1989 for West Virginia's largest monthly, Graffiti. It was purchased by Ogden Newspapers in December 2005, and reorganized with a new publisher in December 2006. West Virginia's largest daily, The Charleston Gazette, offered me a blog since no one covers WV films on a regular basis in any WV publication.

I also have published an annual list of new films on West Virginia and Appalachia, with postings at —

People from all over the world have contacted me because of this AppLit website including major filmmakers such as Lars Von Trier."

The Hollywood Librarian Documentary - Blog

Ann Seidl writes "THE HOLLYWOOD LIBRARIAN A LOOK AT LIBRARIANS THROUGH FILM. The first documentary film devoted to real lives and work of librarians will have its World Premier at ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC this summer. The filmmaker is blogging about the process of post-production, the red carpet premiere event and lots of inside scoop (including AUDIO DIARIES). Come see for yourself!"

Year's End at the National Film Registry

The Chicago Tribune reports on the 2006 additions to the National Films Registry at the Library of Congress; "Rocky" is among them. The National Film Registry list, begun in 1989, now numbers 450.


Watched The Librarian? You Weren't Alone

"The Librarian", directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Noah Wyle, debuted Sunday night on the TNT network with a strong 6.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The number was only slightly down from the original installment, THE LIBRARIAN: THE QUEST FOR THE SPEAR, which averaged nearly 7 million viewers in its Dec. 5, 2004, premiere. Even Better News, Although the movie is still slated to air half a dozen more times (this is TNT after all), Return to King Solomon's Mines has been announced for a December 19th DVD release date, meaning you can pick up Flynn Carsen's latest adventure just in time for Christmas.


Did you watch "The Librarian?"

I tried to be a good sport and watch last night's sequel to 2004's "The Librarian: Quest of the Spear." But, alas, I gave up on "Return to King Solomon's Mines" after about 30 minutes. What little review I have is here at Tinfoil+Raccoon. Let us know if you reviewed it on your blog or leave your review here, if you like.


Noah Wyle as the Librarian - Tonight

As we've previously determined, he's not really a Librarian, he's an archivist, but nonetheless, the sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" is on tonight. And according to this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by critic Rob Owen, "discerning fans of action-adventure yarns will feel let down. Again."



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