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My Study Finds Books to Films Encourage Stupidity

Anonymous Patron writes:

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The recent trend of books being adapted for the screen is making America stupid. More stupid than it already is. It's a phenomenon with a tag line (sung to the tune of "Amazing Grace"): "I once was worldly, but now I'm ignorant," or "I once was literate, but now wouldn't pick up a novel and read it if I was being forced by a pitchfork-wielding Truman Capote." Basically, this trend is making the stories that first appeared in books-many of them award-winning-too easily accessible. Our society is all about convenience. Why go to the book store and choose one based on its pretty cover (admit it, we all do) when you can go to Cinemark and watch the same book acted out for you, in a comfortable two-hour timeframe?"

The rest of the story
clearly indicates that this "study" is really more of a case history.

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Disney Says Moore Knew Movie Deal Off a Year Ago

Reuters is reporting that Michael Moore was informed over a year ago that it would not release his inflammatory, anti-Bush movie "Farenheit 911." A Disney spokesperson has called Moore's announcement a "PR stunt" designed to coincide with the movie's debut at the Cannes film festival. Disney chief Michael Eisner also denies the assertion made by the Moore camp that the film is being withheld over fear of Disney losing tax incentives in Florida. Moore has not responded to Disneys response.

Here's another story about Moore shopping for a new distributor.

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Tech Beat: The Open Video Project

Bob Cox points us to this article

"Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this enormous repository earns high marks for both content and design.

There's a search engine, of course, where image hunters can enter the words "New York" and quickly find 97 videos, including an 1897 race at Sheepshead Bay from the Edison films catalog, and a 12-minute exploration of the colorful counterculture of Greenwich Village on one Sunday morning in 1960.

Back on the home page, there are categories that make browsing the archive a channel surfer's dream come true."

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the blow-up generation gap

Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blowup," just out on DVD, is a touchstone of 1960's cinema culture. Released in 1966 to critical and popular acclaim, the enigmatic movie follows a cynical photographer (David Hemmings) as he moves among the pampered rich and the heedless young of swinging London. When he shoots a series of pictures of a tryst between Vanessa Redgrave and her lover in the park, he finds that he may have photographed a murder. The Times asked two film critics of different generations, Stuart Klawans, of The Nation, and his younger colleague Nathan Lee, of The New York Sun, to discuss the movie then and now.
NYTimes Has The Story

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Database as New Narrative Form

InfoWhale writes "Rory Litwin has posted an interesting article, stating that the database has replaced books and the cinema as the narrative form for our age.
He finishes with a great summation - " More importantly, Vertov is able to achieve something which new media designers still have to learn - how to merge database and narrative merge into a new form." As a media librarian for 25 years, I have been a leading proponet for "visual literacy." As I have written, librarians, and everyone else, live in an age that is even more controlled by images than computers. Library zoopraxographers rejoice! Here at
Library Juice"

Appalshop to make a film on Jack Spadaro

InfoWhale writes "Appalshop to make a film on Jack Spadaro

In January OVEC and other activist groups sponsored a rally in support of Jack Spadaro.(Graffiti “Eer of the Year 2003�.) About 60 people met in front of the Charleston downtown post office to mail letters demanding that Secretary of Labor Chao return Spadaro to his position as director of the U.S. Mine Safety and Heath Academy in Beckley. Two film crews were there – one from “60 Minutes� and one from Appalshop. Appalshop’s Robert Salyer has been filming Jack ever since he came out against the destruction caused by one of the worst environmental accidents in US history - the Martin County Coal (Massey Energy) October 2000 disastrous "spill" of 306 million gallons of coal sludge along the Kentucky- West Virginia border. The film, tentatively called “Sludge,� will be shown in NYC at the Pioneer WV Program as a work-in-progress. Also, you can purchase the History Channel program about Spadaro and the Buffalo Creek Disaster – “Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 5. Item Number: AAE-43938. $24.95. To read more about Spadaro, see picts of the rally, etc. visit OVEC at: http://www.ohvec.org/galleries/people_in_action/20 04/01_13/index.html."

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Searching for Modern Lessons in Films That Recall Old Wars

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS and THE FOG OF WAR teach many lessons about war.
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/12/movies/12ALGI.html

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Bingham Ray, leading indie film promoter, resigns

Bingham Ray, the man who brought "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore's film to the world via United Artists/MGM, resigned.
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/09/business/09film.html?pagewanted=print&position=

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100 Years of Cinema - how they have affected us

Steve Fesenmaier writes "100 years ago, movies began bringing stories to life. Today, they fill our consciousness
with color and memory.

SFGate.com Has The Story"

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West Virginia Filmmaker Finally Makes Films Available

Steve Fesenmaier writes "WV Filmmaker Ray Schmitt Creates His Website

Ray Schmitt has been making films since the 1970s - besides playing music and keeping his day job at the Congressional Research Service in DC. He retired to WV to his summer home in Hardy County several years ago, and since then has been producing films at an unequaled speed. He has made a short feature about UFOs in Hardy County, "The Lights." He has made some very good documentaries about some of our state's best artists - Twigman, Robert Singleton, and Jim Clark so far. Most recently he has produced his film profile about the Tusing Sisters of Lost Creek, Hardy County. While still working for the CRS he made the best documentary I have ever seen about retirement, "$4 Trillion and Counting: The Pension System in America." I certainly did not know anything about the various federal laws that created quite recently our retirement system. Ray has also made an excellent film about a world-class bellydancer, "Adriana: Shadows on Yellow Silk." During the last few year no WV filmmaker has been more of a film activist, coming to WV Filmmakers' Guild meetings at Sutton, working with other WV filmmakers, showing real solidarity. His proposal to make a film for a few thousand dollars on the 250th anniversary of Hampshire County, WV's oldest county, was unjustly turned down by the WV Humanities Council recently. Luckily his colleagues at the Library of Congress respect his work, and have shown his films, most recently "The Texture of Life," the Tusing Sisters film. Hopefully public libraries and other community groups inside WV and around the country and world will purchase copies of all of his fine films. He will be showing "The Texture of Life" and "Until I Become Light" as part of the WV Film Week at the Pioneer Theater in New York City on Saturday, March 27th. His new website where you can do this is - http://www.realearthproductions.com/."

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