Finally Hitting the Silver Screen...The Hollywood Librarian

A lot of librarians, and Ann Seidl in particular, have long been awaiting the premier of her film "The Hollywood Librarian." Seidl, a 43-year-old consultant, first became inspired to create a cinematic tribute in 1997 while pursuing her master's of library and information studies at the University of Denver...the movie finally premiered last Friday during ALA.

Here are a few reviews from The Washington Post (also mentioned in TWIL) and from LJ .


A Sneak Peek at the Hollywood Librarian

We've read here about Ann Seidl's Hollywood Librarian motion picture, premiering at ALA on June 22. Care for a sneak peek? Catch the trailer on YouTube.

Librarian Presents US and Appalachian Premieres

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Steve Fesenmaier, programmer of the WV Film Series for the South Charleston Museum since July 2004, a member of its board, and a member of the board of the West Virginia Labor History Association, has programmed the U.S. premiere of "Asturian US," a new documentary about people from the Northern province of Spain, Asturias, moving to West Virginia in the early part of the 19th century. Also showing is the Appalachian
premiere of "The Battle of Local 5668." Workerswere locked out of Ravenswood Aluminum, the oldest aluminum plant in the eastern US, by Marc Rich, a renegade billionaire pardoned by President Clinton on his last day in office. The South Charleston Museum and the WV Labor History Association are the co-sponsors of the premieres. In the past they have cooperated to show "The Wobblies" in honor of the 100th anniversary of the labor group, show films about WV mine disasters made by former undersecretary of Labor under Clinton, Davitt McAteer, along with a new film on Jack Spadaro, the subject of a 60 Minutes story about the Bush regime forcing him to retire early.

Fesenmaier provided research for both films, helping the filmmakers find both film and historical resources. o+films+are+labors+of+love+from+workers'+view h-film-on-wv-people-to-have-us-premiere/#more-111 chian-premiere-of-film-on-ravenswood-lockout/#more -112"

Librarian Documentary Film

LibrariANN writes "The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians through Film — the first ever movie about librarians — is now being scored and sound mixed. The premiere of the film will be a black-tie optional, no-charge event on June 22, 2007 at the Washington Convention Center at 8 p.m., with the red carpet walk into the theater beginning at 7:30. Finally, librarians are getting the spotlight we deserve. See ALA Annual Conference materials for more details.



Save and Burn to show in London Palestine Fest

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Thanks to an English library writer, I found out that the most interesting film about libraries that I for one have ever seen will be playing next month in London. You can read about the film and the amazing filmmaker, Julian Samuel, who has a great new website.


Why so many novels never make it to the big screen

The cinemas are full of turkeys yet that brilliant novel you read three years ago has never been made into a film. Danuta Kean descends into development hell and finds out why so many authors get trapped there. Jenny Colgan found herself in a situation with her first novel Amanda's Wedding. She recalls: "Warner Bros bought Amanda's Wedding in conjunction with a then little-known production company called Heyday Films. 'We'll definitely make your movie,' said the producer. 'We've just got this little project in front of yours.' The project in front of mine was only bloody Harry Potter. Hey, maybe after they have made the seventh they will give me a call." I wouldn't hold my breath.


'Rex Libris' Coming to the Big Screen

Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers has hired Mark Burton to write the screenplay adaptation of comic book Rex Libris by James Turner.

"This is the story of Rex Libris, Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library, and his unending struggle against the forces of ignorance and darkness. With the aid of an ancient god who lives beneath the library branch, Rex travels to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of overdue books."


Review of library film "Remote Access"

Steve Fesenmaier writes "REMOTE ACCESS: Distant Libraries of the World.
24 mins. 2005
A film review by Steve Fesenmaier March 7, 2007

During the last 29 years I have tried to watch every film made by anyone promoting the use of libraries. I have screened them at our state library conferences, and even helped make the single most interesting film I have ever seen about libraries, Julian Samuels's "Save and Burn." (He has made two films on libraries "Burn" and an earlier one, "The Library in Crisis," both available from Filmakers Library.) The San Francisco Public Library has asked me to find an amazing film about the Bibliotheque Nationale made by Alain Renais and I once hoped to screen a series of films at The New York Public Library Donnell Library made by librarian filmmakers. (Plans fell through a year or so ago" .. I am not sure why..)

New film blog by librarian in West Virginia

Steve Fesenmaier writes "I have been writing about West Virginia movies since 1978, first for The Appalachian Intelligencer, an indie newspaper, then The West Virginia Arts News, and since 1989 for West Virginia's largest monthly, Graffiti. It was purchased by Ogden Newspapers in December 2005, and reorganized with a new publisher in December 2006. West Virginia's largest daily, The Charleston Gazette, offered me a blog since no one covers WV films on a regular basis in any WV publication.

I also have published an annual list of new films on West Virginia and Appalachia, with postings at —

People from all over the world have contacted me because of this AppLit website including major filmmakers such as Lars Von Trier."

The Hollywood Librarian Documentary - Blog

Ann Seidl writes "THE HOLLYWOOD LIBRARIAN A LOOK AT LIBRARIANS THROUGH FILM. The first documentary film devoted to real lives and work of librarians will have its World Premier at ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC this summer. The filmmaker is blogging about the process of post-production, the red carpet premiere event and lots of inside scoop (including AUDIO DIARIES). Come see for yourself!"


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