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.

Survey Says: strong appreciation and support for the library’s video collection

Second in our \"Media Librarianship in the 21 Century\" series, aka Library Zoopraxographers.

Linda Engelberg writes: \"A recent survey at UH Manoa Library documented how heavily faculty on that campus depend on videos for both instruction and research. The responses to the survey were overwhelmingly positive, indicating a strong appreciation and support for the library’s video collection and a recognition that today’s students often learn more from video than from lectures and the printed word.

Films about Philosophy - Derrida and Others

by Steve Fesenmaier to be published in Counterpoise magazine. First in our \"Media Librarianship in the 21 Century\" series, aka Library Zoopraxographers.

During the last century, \"thinking about thinking\" has become a major

influence on all forms of thinking - art, music, and most profoundly

philosophy. This new documentary by filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy

Ziering Kofman may be the single best film on this evolution, using

world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida as the subject.

AFI choses Top Fifty Heroes and Villians

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Last night on CBS the American Film Institute broadcast a 3-hour special of the Top 50 heroes and villians in American feature films. See the list and read about the 400 films that were nominated at "


Some say movie Makes Wrong Turn

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"The media has been having a field day attacking this new B-movie coming out on Friday - WRONG TURN. WV has a history of censoring even its own local indie films because they made someone \"look bad.\" Read the full story.\"


Wrong Turn Comes to WV

Steve Fesenmaier writes "

For several months local newspapers have been writing about a new Canadian film called
“Wrong Turn.” Directed by Pa. native son Robert Schmidt whose earlier credits include
an episode in the TV series " An American Town," (2001) and “Crime and Punishment in Suburbia” (2000), the film is about (from IMDB),” A carload of six teens find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic
mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding." Several years ago
I found a similar film, “Captured Alive” that actually had Pat Morita (of “Karate Kid” fame) in a film about people traveling from Pittsburgh to Atlanta who are shot down with a Civil War era cannon and turned into toxic waste slaves.


Librarian looking for best movies on food

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Gary Handman wrote:
I'm putting together a food in the movies web page (and bibliography) for a course here on the politics and culture of food (cool, eh?). Take a look. I know there's more...I could use your help.

Here are the ground rules:


Fifteen library-tested programs to increase circulation of AV materials

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"The current issue of LJ has a great list of things
for librarians to do to promote their A/V includes some work I have
been doing.

Read The Full Story \"


Party Girl, funniest librarian movie, to be re-leased

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Party Girl is slated to be re-released on DVD by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on July 1. Here's "Video
Librarian"'s original review from 1996:

Party Girl **1/2
(Columbia TriStar, 94 min., R)
"He’s not a dick, he’s a patron," godmother-librarian Judy corrects her NYC party-hardy goddaughter Mary (Parker Posey), who
has been hired as a library clerk. It’s one of the funnier lines in an otherwise uneven film about a club-hopping deb-wannabe who
tries to balance her chaotic personal life with the ordered world of Melvil Dewey. If you’re going to make one frivolous purchase
this year, this is a funnier and much more appealing portrait of the library world than the idiotic 1992 effort The Gun in
Betty-Lou’s Handbag. A strong optional purchase. (R. Pitman) "


Libraries and Movies Picts posted

Steve Fesenmaier writes "If you couldn't make it to the West Virginia Library Association's Spring Fling this year, you missed one of the best two-hours on libraries and movies. Filmmakers and librarians discussed how libraries can help make local history films; WV's leading playwright Jean Battlo talked about making a new version of WV's most famous "lost film," about Smilin Sid Hatfield, famous from the "Matewan Massacre;" Mari-Lynn Evans showed clips from her $2 million PBS series on Appalachia that will be aired this January; and environmentalist filmmaker Robert Gates showed his just-completed film on the effects of mountaintop removal, "Mucked." See picts and the poster at: "



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