Get a preview peek and offer input for public library documentary at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Wed, 06/19/2013


Amy McGuigan

Conference Manager

Conference Services

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi-platform documentary-in-progress “Free For All: Inside the Public Library,” as part of Now Showing @ ALA from 10:30 - noon on Saturday, June 29, at McCormick Place. A discussion and Q&A including Logsdon and Faulknor follows the preview clips, with introductory remarks from Nancy Pearl (librarian, author, literary critic and NPR commentator) and panelists Luis Herrera (San Francisco Public Library city librarian), Wayne Wiegand (historian and author) and Karen Kenton (National Endowment for the Humanities). 

The documentary, currently in development, explores the history, spirit and challenges of the free public library, bringing together public library stories from across the U.S. and shedding light on how public libraries have shaped our society. The filmmakers will debut footage from all three components of their project—a national storytelling booth, Web videos and the feature-length documentary chronicling a year inside one major urban library (San Francisco Public Library)—and seek feedback and input from the library community during the post-viewing discussion. The preview clips will include the trailer for the feature-length film at SFPL, their first  short web film featuring Queens Public Library immediately after Hurricane Sandy and humorous and moving stories from users at the storytelling booth.  

The filmmakers will also be showing clips and answering questions at Networking Uncommons. They invite those with a compelling story, historic images or footage from your library to contact them at

 “Free for All” was recently awarded development funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, California Humanities, Creative Work Fund, Friends of SFPL, San Francisco Foundation and the Eastman Fund. A preview is available at Sponsored by Serendipity Films, LLC. Further information is at and

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