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: "


'Holes' truths come to big screen

Bob Cox writes ""Holes" has been published in 30 countries, won a Newbery Medal and is required reading at some middle schools. A recent poll in Read magazine ranked it even higher in popularity among young readers than "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

This review says after a recent spate of vapid movies aimed at young adults, the Disney-produced "Holes" offers surprising substance.


Marshall University library to host premiere of new Moive

Steve Fesenmaier writes "The Drinko Library at Marshall University will be presenting the local Huntington premiere of WV's best in-state produced feature film, "Correct Change." Steve Fesenmaier, a librarian at the state library agency, is the assistant producer of the film. The film was recently one of five presented by the IFP-West (host of the Spirit Awards) at the American Film Market, the largest film market in the world. The film has been shown in other cities in the state."


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 \"



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