A Foreign Affair

rteeter writes "Haven't seen it myself, but a new movie called 'A Foreign Affair,' about two brothers who decide to look into Russian mail-order brides, includes a librarian who helps them research the subject. See also the IMDB entry."


Converting Videotapes to DVDs

Steve Fesenmaier writes "The NY Times has an excellent article on how to convert videotapes - home movies, etc. to DVD. Since we live in the TV age even more than the COMPUTER WORLD, all librarians need to know some basics.

Reg Req article is here.

The Stones of Summer - reprinted and STONE READER

Steve Fesenmaier writes "One of the best films ever made about books, libraries, and authors is THE STONE READER. The DVD of the film is now available from Barnes and Noble for only $39.95 - four disks with complete film and much more footage. Also, the original novel, THE STONES OF SUMMER, is being re-published this month. New Yorker Films is distributing the film to non-theatrical venues - like libraries, colleges, English courses.


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 "



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