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The Nationwide Release occurred during Banned Books Week,
Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, 2007
at the screening locations below.
The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film
is complete, and had its red-carpet premiere at the American Library
Association annual conference in Washington, DC on June 22, 2007 to
over 4,000 librarians and friends.
It is the first movie ever on the subject of the real lives
and actual work of U.S. librarians. Using the “hook” of Hollywood
motion picture clips, it introduces the audience to all kinds of
librarians: school and children’s librarians, special librarians
(medical and corporate), academic librarians, library educators and
graduate students, a cataloger, and public librarians. Beginning
with the history of information organization – Hypatia and the Library
of Alexandria – it then touches on Andrew Carnegie, Melvil Dewey, and
early women library professionals. Moving on into the 21st
century, the documentary gives audiences the chance to peer into the
world of librarians: the skills and passion it takes, the challenges of
book censorship, and most of all, declining library funding.
The Hollywood Librarian is appropriate for audiences
from young adult up. It runs 95 minutes (also known as
The documentary was filmed around the country from March 2005
through February 2006. The librarians in the movie are aged 24
through 85, and have a diversity of ethnic background, library
position, and geographic location (California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Texas,
Washington and Wisconsin).
It was shot on the Panasonic Varicam high definition digital
camera, and professionally edited and sound mixed, with an original
music score composed for the film. The total budget was $185,000,
including grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York as well as
$25,000 from individual librarians.