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Not Everyone Likes Comic Books...Like Heath Ledger

Despite being cast as The Joker in the upcoming Batman sequel "the Dark Knight", actor Heath Ledger doesn't care a whit about comic books (but that's not how he phrases it); read about it in comicbookmovie.com.

Film Sees End Near for Libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "One from MercuryNews.com on "Specflic 2.0"-- a speculative discourse on the future of libraries -- What ''Specflic 2.0'' has to say about the end of the library as we know it is more prophetic than cynical, director and star agree. In the age of Google and Web surfing, libraries are not being used as they once were. Indeed, director Jenik, the West Wing's Allison Janney and the crew couldn't remember the last time they'd visited a library."

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Preserving Memories on Film

Historic home movies from the collections of the Library of Congress and screenings of films brought by the public will be featured at the fourth annual Washington Home Movie Day (www.homemovieday.com). The website inquires of its readers: Did you know...- Your home movies may be easier to watch if you transfer them to videotape or DVDs, but the original films will actually last MUCH longer than any new media?

Press release for the August 12 event from Managing Information, and here is a list of locations and organizations.

"The Librarian"...soon to be a Comic Book

Mike Gordon writes "To coincide with the December 2006 broadcast premiere of the much-anticipated sequel to Turner Network (TNT)'s "Librarian: Quest of the Spear", Electric Entertainment has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Atlantis Studios to produce a graphic novel adaptation of the sequel and produce an original comic book series based on the characters from the two films. The sequel, entitled "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines",continues the action-packed adventures of Flynn Carson, a man charged with protecting a repository of humanity's greatest secrets, all hidden beneath the monolithic Metropolitan Library from the forces of evil who, if given the chance, would use the priceless treasures for their nefarious plans." More on the production company here.

All are invited to submit 52-second films

An old friend of mine is involved with an arts organization called Hall Farm. He's helping get the word out about their upcoming 52-second film festival.

The 52-Second Film Festival - With the first public screening of a motion picture on December 28, 1895, brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiére ushered in the age of cinema. The event was a demonstration of their device, the cinematograph, which served as camera, projector, and printer. The length of the Lumiéres' original reels was 52 seconds.

The 52-Second Film Festival poses the challenge of the original motion picture and presents the opportunity for artists working in a variety of media to revisit and re-invent this most original of mediums. Judges will include filmmakers, writers, visual artists, and performers, who will watch every entry and select finalists and winners.

I know we don't have a lot of filmmakers on this list, but come on. You can make a 52-second film using your cellphone! I'm encouraging everyone to put something together and submit it. Wouldn't it be cool if a librarian won the prize?

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CIA Altered End of "Animal Farm" Animated Film

Kelly writes "The Memory Hole has acquired a list of films that were produced or used by the Central Intelligence Agency. Among the films on the list is a 1955 animated version of George Orwell's "Animal Farm," with its `chilling finale in which the farm animals looked back and forth at the tyrannical pigs and the exploitative human farmers but found it `impossible to say which was which.' The article also lists a number of other films the CIA - call them the CIA Director's cut - altered: Via ThinkProgress"

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Review: Christian rock music documentary

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? 91 min. Directed by Vicki Hunter and Heather Whinna. $20 from Blank Stare Films. Sample clips online at RightRightRight Films. No MPAA rating.

I highly recommend this recently-released indie DVD for libraries that collect documentaries. (WorldCat currently shows 7 holding libraries.) Through interviews and snippets of performances, Why Should the Devil ... ? peeks into the world of evangelical Christian rock music -- encompassing punk, metal, ska, rap, and other styles. This disc will especially appeal to aficionados of slice-of-a-subculture films like Word Wars and Trekkies. It should also be of interest to fans of the featured acts, but anyone watching for the music is bound to get frustrated by the brevity of the concert clips.

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Montana State library cancels ACLU film amid criticism

The Montana State Library has canceled a showing of a movie critical of the U.S. Patriot Act after people complained about the American Civil Liberties Union being involved. The State Library said it originally thought the film, ‘‘The ACLU Freedom Files,’’ would be a good pick for its monthly seminar series because parts of the Patriot Act affects libraries.

But the library decided Tuesday the presentation might be one-sided in its criticism of the Patriot Act and canceled a viewing scheduled for Friday.

A State Library spokeswoman said complaints came from residents and state employees who didn’t like the idea of the ACLU getting a forum.

Disney's Chronicles of Narnia

Submitted by Cortez: "Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe opens December 9, 2005. We are already getting requests for the books." From the Washington Examiner

Narnia promotion enchants library

A faun carrying an umbrella. A queen in a sledge. A magnificent lion.

The images appeared in the mind of British writer C.S. Lewis more than 50 years ago, prompting him to write "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." The novel about the Pevensie children, evacuated to the countryside from World War II London, and their discovery of the magical land of Narnia on the other side of a wardrobe, has captivated generations of children and adults.

And his step-son is touring:
http://www.petoskeynews.com/articles/2005/11/02/ne ws/local_regional/news01.txt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Nar nia"

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Save and Burn, a Film Review

Steve Fesenmaier has written a Glowing Review of "Save and Burn", an 80-minute documentary by Julian Samuel, a Montreal-based filmmaker born in Pakistan. He says Samuel has again created a masterpiece about the contemporary library. "All librarians should see this film, and I am sure they will feel like I do that librarians must leave their beautiful houses of culture, and join the fight to protect them from the despots East and West who will eventually destroy them."

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