The Parking Lot Movie

Over the course of three years, filmmaker Meghan Eckman tracked the comings and goings of a solitary parking lot in Charlottesville, Va., chronicling the lives of the attendants who were working there. This inspiring documentary is the result. Hanging tough as they navigate the range of human emotion -- from hope to frustration, from a sense of limitless possibilities to stagnation -- the film's subjects embody the pursuit of the American Dream.


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What to Expect When You Are Expecting

See commentary at EarlyWord about the book "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" being made into a movie. Funny!

The Desk Setup: A Look At Librarian Computers

The Desk Setup

Like many technologists, I may have had some vague notion that librarians had something to contribute to discussions about information and metadata and standards and access, but my concept of what librarians did and what they knew probably had more to do with stereotypes and anecdote than on an understanding of reality. Which is a shame. Although in the last few years I think we’ve done a really good job of making clearer connections between libraries and technology, I don’t think anyone is surprised when librarians are omitted from discussions about and between prominent technologists, such as the one facilitated by the Setup. (Note: by “librarians” I mean anyone who works in, with, or for libraries. Hat tip to Eli Neiburger for saying what I’d been thinking, only less clearly, for some time before he said those words out loud.)

Netflix update

Report: Netflix Accounts For Up To 20% Of Downstream Bandwidth In U.S.

Netflix 'now primarily a streaming company,' could offer DVD-less plan this year

CHART OF THE DAY: Netflix Streaming Up 145% In A Year

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MGM and Warner Near on Deal for 'Hobbit' Films

An agreement would allow the director Peter Jackson to begin shooting J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” next year.

Full story at - Media Decoder

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Librarians Gone Wild: Violating Netflix Terms of Use!

For some time now, academic librarians have been resorting to Netflix to plug shortages in their media holdings. In fact, they have been thoroughly above-board about it; even the distinguished journal Library Trends ran an article about "Netflix in an Academic Library" last winter; author Ciara Healy wrote in the abstract that "Netflix turned out to be an excellent, cost-effective solution." The other week, an acquisitions librarian at Concordia College in New York blogged about the blessing of her institution's double eight-disc-at-a-time subscription, which she wrote saved her library $3,000. Though one commenter wondered "how you got this past legal for your university," she responded that there had been "no legal repercussions."

Full story here. Next line in story is - Whoops. Turns out Netflix isn't actually cool with libraries using the service and doesn't want early adopting librarians to be encouraging others to do so.

Book and Movie: Never Let Me Go

Two pieces on NPR about Never Let Me Go

In A Dystopian Britain, Teens Grope Toward A Future
Three friends grow up in an isolated boarding school where they discover the disturbing purpose of their lives. They must grapple with young love while seeking a way to create their own future. Well adapted from a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the film makes a strange premise feel very real.

Onscreen, Ishiguro's Sci-Fi Novel Is No Mere Clone
The author of the widely acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go and director Mark Romanek join Melissa Block for a conversation about where spoilers end and the real story begins -- and other intrigues involved in taking the story from page to screen.


Netflix just spent almost a billion dollars buying movies to stream

At a cost of nearly one billion dollars, Netflix on Tuesday said it would add films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate and MGM to its online subscription service.

It was a coup — albeit a costly one — for Netflix, which knows its needs to lock up the digital rights to films as customers stop receiving DVDs by mail and start receiving streams via the Internet. The deal will commence Sept. 1.

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Movie in the Works About Homeless at Libraries

It's something Chip Ward saw every year when he was assistant director of Salt Lake City's public library system. Ward was trained to organize information, to file papers and data. But his job, he says, was as much about knowing regulars as it was shelving books. He wrote an arresting piece on the subject entitled How the Public Library Became the Heartbreak Hotel. Emilio Estevez is now reportedly producing a movie based on its themes; the working title is "The Public" and it will be based in L.A.

There was Crash, a happy drunk with a deep scar that cleaved his face from forehead to chin. There were Mick and Bob who suffered seizures. Margi had dementia. John, open wounds he wouldn't treat. For each, the library was as much a home as anywhere else.

Ward worked at Salt Lake City's central branch, an architecturally arresting five-story structure that opened in 2003. A wedge-shaped, glass-fronted wonder that features cafes, an art gallery and one of the world's largest collections of graphic novels, the branch is also the Utah capital's de facto daytime shelter for the homeless and a default hangout for street kids and misfits.

Ward spent five years at the branch. After he retired, he wrote an essay about his work. Published online, the piece became a minor sensation. It was e-mailed from library to library before breaking into the mainstream.


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