Hollywood paranoia costs smaller distributors

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Small Studios Say DVD Edict Will Diminish Oscar Chances

he latest chapter in Hollywood's continuing struggle between art and commerce took place recently in a private conference room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.

At the hotel meeting, held Wednesday, about six executives from several art-house film studios met to plot their response to a recent edict by the movie industry's trade association banning the sending of DVD's and videos to Academy Award voters.

The major studios pushed through the ban without consulting their smaller brethren — even those that were divisions of the studios' companies — saying they were acting to thwart pirating of movies.

The smaller studios see the move as a blow to their Oscar chances, having come to rely on the DVD's and videos to get their films seen by Academy Award voters who otherwise would not make it to the movie theaters.

Full NYTimes Article."


Media Librarian Celebrates 25 Years with State Film Festival

Steve Fesenmaier writes "I was hired by state librarian Fred Glazer, director of the West Virginia Library Commission, in June 1978, right out of library school. He had used federal funds to start the last new 16-mm film library in the world in 1976 after doing a survey of the state's public libraries. They overwhelmingly told him they wanted access to the great educational films other states had had since the boom after WW II.

Happy 70th Birthday Sandy Berman! A video review

Steve Fesenmaier writes "
This is possibly the clearest, most concentrated presentation ever given by Sanford Berman. "Humanist Views," a TV interview program produced by the Humanists of Minnesota, gives Sandy just 25 minutes. He uses every minute well, discussing the many, many problems patrons will find when they visit their local public library. Using a few examples, he discusses the very real censorship behind the friendly reference librarian or circ clerk you will find in the thousands of public libraries that claim to be "user friendly."


To the rescue of old film

An Anonymous Patron writes " Story about Library of Congress' Moving Image Section. Patrick Loughney head of the Moving Image Section's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, says it's an archivist's job to determine which old films require immediate care and which ones can wait a few years before getting a face-lift. He calls it a "a triage center for aging films"
Mr. Loughney estimates that "over half of films made in America are lost or survive in badly degraded form." Luckily, 3/4 of films made in America suck anyways. ;-)"


Misnamed Movie Titles

Scarlett asks the all-important question:
"With a title like "The Librarians", do you really think a huge audience will break down the doors to see this flick??

There's a website for the movie: "They’re called The
.. because they collect overdue people, just like a librarian collects
overdue books."

Maybe that's what some patrons think about librarians?? "


From Public Library to Library Micro-Cinema?

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Bryson Vannostrand, a Buckhannon architect, recently attended the
ground-breaking for the new library to be built in Sutton. He designed
the new library. As the founder of WV's first micro-cinema, the Lascaux
Micro-Theater in Buckhannon, he just may be the person to bring the
micro-cinema concept to our public libraries and public libraries all
over the world. During the last decade many new micro-cinemas have been
created all over the country, ranging from NYC to California. (You can
locate any micro-cinemas by you at
this website
In 1976 WV created the last 16 mm film library in world.


Hollywood - the avant-garde years

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Postwar moviemaking in LA wasn't all westerns and
musicals. Some directors were making the most
bizarre, exciting and experimental work in the
business - with the most unusual methods. Read the story by Mark

At The Guardian "


Another librarian movie to add to the list

This article is notable only for its uber- stereotypical description of a librarian film character. Plus, it's a "librarian movie" I'd not heard of. If you were in Wichita last weekend, you could have caught 1979's 'The Attic', but don't expect to find this doggie at the corner Blockbuster. Still in print, according to, though. The imdb description here. Not just "spinster librarian," but "pathetic, spinster librarian." Ouch!


Super-powered librarians fight literary clones to determine fate of the world

Jen Young writes \"Here\'s an interesting review of an Anime. In the three-episode original video animation series R.O.D.: Read or Die, a terrorist organization has cloned them and a handful of other obscure historical figures, such as German glider enthusiast Otto Lilienthal and traveling monk Genjo Sanzo, and set them loose on the world. Their mission: to acquire a specific copy of Beethoven\'s Immortal Beloved in the original German. Unfortunately for them—and fortunately for the world—that book is in the hands of one Yomiko Readman, otherwise known as \"The Paper.\" And her life\'s goal seems to be to actually read the book before anyone uses it for evil.


Snake Hill and The Practice of Bibliographic Cinema

Mustafa Sakarya, from Mercy College, has the third article in our Media Librarianship in the 21 Century[Zoopraxographers] series. He writes: \"In answering the question of why librarians should make movies, one might first ask why librarians should write stories. One of the world’s greatest fantasy storytellers, Jorge Luis Borges was a devoted librarian who composed some of his greatest works in the basement of the National Library in Buenos Aires. Concerned with the history of scholarship, many of his stories make liberal use of the metaphor of the library as universe. In his classic philosophical tale, The Library of Babel, he states that, “the Library is unlimited and cyclical”, cyclical in the sense that within its details, an image of the world is discernible from generation to generation. With Borges as a model, I find it useful and interesting to think of librarians as information artists and the library as a studio of infinite possibility, where past and present knowledge converge in a space limited only by imagination.


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