European Itinerary

I could be the luckiest librarian presently breathing. I leave on Tuesday: Madison to Detroit, to London, to Rotterdam. Check out this itinerary!

EUROPEAN SCREENINGS WITH THE FILMMAKER
May 22 Bibliotheek Rotterdam, Bibliotheektheater, Hoogstraat 110, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
May 23 Poelestraat 30, Groningen, The Netherlands
May 25 Film Plateau Paddenhoek 3, Gent, Belgium
June 2 International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland
June 3 Munich, Germany
June 5 German Library Congress, Mannheim, Germany

I mean sheesh! I can never take my life for granted, because it is so fricking amazing and full of possibility and potential. Home from Frankfurt on June 6.

NewYouToobies.

Part the First:

Part the Second:

Tickets bought. Engage butterflies.

So, today I made the purchase of airline tickets from my home in Madison to Rotterdam, returning via Frankfurt. Oh my goodness, it's getting exciting again. I wonder how long it will take before (if?) international travel becomes more of an ordinary event, not one that sends my adrenaline through the roof of my head.

Funny, though. Although I have the apparent lifestyle of a globetrotting librarian-filmmaking (wtf?!), I am broke, broke, broke. Can't think how to make money for doing such fabulous stuff. So, I just shrug and figure it will work itself out somehow.

Now listening to…

Morricone by Hey Hey My My.

Nice .

So. Busy.Can't. Breathe. Or. Blog.

Just added the BlogIt application so perhaps I can get back on track with my WordPress blog? Lord knows, it's probably a vain hope. Kisses to everyone reading this.

A truly nationwide (press) release.

Contact and more information:
MELISSA McGUIRE
Email: media@hollywoodlibrarian.com
Website: <a href=”“>www.hollywoodlibrarian.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2007

42 locations in U.S. and Canada set to screen new librarian documentary; deadline extended

MADISON, WI – The producers of the new documentary The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film today announced that the list of screening locations for the film during Banned Books Week (September 29 through October 6) now numbers 42 across the North American continent. The film will be shown from Saratoga Springs, New York to Anchorage, Alaska, with Canada libraries in Winnipeg and Quebec also participating.

Memphis, Tennessee, Ketchum, Idaho and Las Cruces, New Mexico are among the locations where libraries will host the film with everything from red carpet entrances to lunchtime brown bag discussions. The full list (available as a Google Map on the home page at www.hollywoodlibrarian.com, “Where to See the Film” or http://tinyurl.com/28umog) comprises 64 screenings in 19 states, plus the two Canadian locations.

The 96-minute documentary is the first look at the real work and skills of the more than 60,000 librarians working in the U.S. The film provides a glimpse into this well-loved but little understood profession and will leave audiences with a new appreciation for a group of people who have been called “democracy’s heroes.”

The August 15 deadline to fax a signed Screening Agreement has passed, but due to numerous requests the deadline has been extended until August 24 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Screening Agreements are available at the film’s website at hollywoodlibrarian.com

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The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film is an Overdue Productions film in association with BiFolkal Productions (www.bifolkal.org), a non-profit organization with 30 years of service to libraries. The Hollywood Librarian is an original, full-length documentary by and about librarians. www.hollywoodlibrarian.com

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Building our Audience.

I’ve recently read a couple of articles I want to share.

The Christian Science Monitor printed a piece in May entitled For Indie Filmmakers, the Trick is Finding an Audience that nails the challenges faced by filmmakers like me and films like The Hollywood Librarian.

Then the delightful Mary Pols at the Contra Costa Times (a fine paper, imo) wrote this article about the dearth of women directors in Hollywood’s movie machine that I think is both true and disgusting. I’m, once again, outraged by the endlessly Fixed Games men play. [Note: It's not that I'm interested in being a filmmaker -- I made a film -- I'm disgusted as a woman because once again, the boys make it so they get to keep all the money and all the prizes.]

Comments welcome.