Philosophers at the Movies

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"This will be in my March column for Graffiti magazine -

Philosophers at the Movies

Colin McGinn is a serious philosopher who has written some very interesting things about the movies, most
notably “The Matrix.” (You can find his article, “The Matrix of Dreams,” on the official website for the film
under the philosophy section. He will also have a two new books
coming out in 2003 - “Mindsight: Image, Dream, Meaning” and “Screen Dreams,” comparing movies to dreams
in a serious, philosophical style. In 2002 he published a very readable and interesting autobiography, “The
Making of a Philosopher: My Journey Through Twentieth-Century Philosophy.” The most exciting thing in
relation to movies that he will be doing over the next two years is helping Films for the Humanities and Sciences
produce a new series of educational films about the history of philosophy.


A Filmmaker Explores His Addiction to Reading

Steve Fesenmaeir sent over This NYTimes Story on \"The Stones of Summer,\" a luxuriantly long-winded coming-of-age story that roams from Iowa to Mexico in language ripe with early-70\'s eccentricity.
Mr. Moskowitz\'s film, a documentary called \"Stone Reader, \" that opens at the Film Forum next month, is his effort to get to the bottom of Dow Mossman\'s story. A prizewinner at last year\'s Slamdance Film Festival, an alternative festival that coincides with the Sundance Film Festival, \"Stone Reader\" is devoted entirely to matters of publishing, criticism and reading.


Movies Roundup

I seem to have a back log of movie oriented stories here...
Cavan McCarthy sent over This BBC Story that says More than 1,000 original prints of old Indian movies - some the only copies - have been destroyed in a fire at the Film and Television Institute of India.

I found What do movies owe an author?, a Knight Ridder story, on Books, and the movies they inspire, or movies and the books they are created from.

Steve Fesenmaier points to, and writes the following, below....


Carnegie Museum in Pitt to Close Film Program

Steve Fesenmaier writes \" Two days ago the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh announced that it would eliminate the entire Film and Video Department as a budget cut.
This is very unacceptable and irresponsible cultural policy on the part of this institution. It could have very dire consequences on the entire
For those of you not familiar with the independent film exhibition community, the program at the Carnegie was a primiere model looked to and
followed by many within the United States and in other parts of the globe.

Imagine if your board decided to eliminate your whole program. Act.Please speak out! Request that the Carnegie Museums reconsider their
position.The elimination of one, means the elimination of us all.

Here\'s The Full Story



Top Ten Films of 2002

Steve Fesenmaier writes: \"

These are the best films I saw in calendar year 2002’.

1. Amores Perros. (2001) I had to buy a DVD of this film to
see it, and no film I have seen in a long time impressed me more than this
violent, touching, dynamic, wonderful epic about life in Mexico City. I loved
everything about this film ‘ the
theme of people as little better than the dogs they owned; the great violence
that people needed just to survive in the largest city in the world. I saw the
related film, ‘Y Tu Mama,
Tabien’ and it was nothing like this masterpiece. I
most enjoyed the tale about the professor who had to give up his family to save
them from retribution.


A dissent review of Bowling For Columbine

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Julian Samuel is a leading Canadian filmmaker, most recently known for his film THE LIBRARY IN CRISIS (which I reviewed on this site.) Now he has written a very powerful review of Michael Moore\'s new film, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE. I myself love everything that Michael Moore has done, but it\'s still nice for someone who knows how to make films to ask some questions. This does it well...
Full Review \"


WV librarian working with Danish director Lars von Trier

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Steve Fesenmaier, past director of Film Services for the WV Library Commission, is working with Danish director Lars von Trier on his next film. He is writing a screenplay, \"Dear Wendy,\" that will be directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg made a sensation in 1998 with his first feature, \"The Celebration,\" nominated for many international awards.


Long Ago in a Galaxy Somewhere...In Dublin?

If I remember right, Ben notice this long ago, but This Story says Library administrator Robin Adams would like to discuss an uncanny resemblance between the 18th-century Long Room Library at Trinity, and the \"Jedi Archives\" in the latest episode of the \"Star Wars\" epic.


Microcinema Movement - should your library become a Microcinema

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"One of the most interesting developments in cinema right now is barely known to most librarians - the microcinema movement. Small theaters all over the US and world are setting themselves up as the place to see the hottest movies - without being blown away by the megaplex syndrome: expensive tickets, overpriced popcorn, and auditoriums designed for thousands. Librarians should check out this homepage for the movement....I contacted them recently and the leaders said they are very excited about plugging in with American librarians....
Check out \"


Latest on Battle between Hollywood and Utah Censor

Steve Fesenmaier pointed the way to
The Blessed Version , on CleanFlicks, a Utah-based video store chain that sells and rents versions of Hollywood films from which all potentially offensive language, violence, and sexual situations have been carefully excised.
Lawyers are jumping for joy over this one.



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