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?


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"


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.


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: ws/local_regional/news01.txt nia"


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."


Pulling of Guevara film sparks protest at library

Anonymous Patron writes "A Broward public library was the target of demonstrators after it rescheduled a film about revolutionary Che Guevara during Hispanic Heritage Month. The whole article is online at the Miami Herald: ates/florida/counties/broward_county/12810607.htm"

The Librarian Dialogues

JET writes to share something and I'm not quite sure what it is. You can see it here.

JET wrote:
This is a movie that is viewable on the internet if anyone cares to take a look. I'm not able to see it so I have NO idea of what it is about, I just saw the title and thought it would be interesting to submit to

A short film by Sam Logan Khaleghi

Genre: Comedy / Short

Plot Outline: A short comical satire about a group of librarians that take their job very serious."

I tried to view it, but there doesn't seem to be anything else to view. I viewed a different short by the people the page linked to. Does anyone know anything about this?


Belfast ban on Frankenstein

Anonymous Patron writes "The more things change, the more they stay the same... has a story on a series of unfortunate events that happened in Belfast, Ireland, way back in 1932.
The first time Frankenstein came to Belfast was in April 1932 when James Whale’s 1931 classic was shown in cinemas throughout Ireland and Britain. In Belfast the film looked as though it was going to be a tremendous success as over 10,000 turned up for the first viewing. It was quickly banned, and how it ended up that way is a case study in censorship. They were, of course, thinking of the children:

"We had to think of the possible effect the picture might have on immature or unbalanced minds. In this connection let me observe that at almost every Court of Assize or Session defending counsel have advanced the plea that their youthful clients got the inspiration for their crimes at the cinema."

The Frankenstein ban was never lifted."

ALA- SRRT Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force List of Top Twenty Films on Poverty

Steve Fesenmaier writes "By Steve Fesenmaier with additions from the field Aug. 3, 2005

John Gehner, Coordinator of the ALA- SRRT Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force has asked me to create a list of "top 20 greatest films on poverty." I came up with the following list from my 30+ years as a professional film exhibitor, critic, etc. Please send me any films you think should be on the list....documentary or fictional...or short...or animated...


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