FMRT Events at ALA Annual 2019

Below is the FMRT schedule for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Come join us for these exciting programs and events!


AMIA-FMRT Archival Screening Afternoon*

Friday, June 21, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Hosted offsite at the National Gallery of Art (ALA Conference Registration not required for attendance)


Archival Screening Afternoon (ASA) will take place on the Friday, June 21 from 12-2 as part of a collaboration between the Association of Mo­ving Image Archivists and the American Library Association Film & Media Round Table. A celebrated yearly event, AMIA members submit incredible and rare treasures from their collections that might include news clips, home movies, travelogues, commercials, music performances, restored classics, and experimental films. Archival gems from the sublime to hilarious will be part of this special "Best Of" program.  DC is the host city for the American Library Association Annual conference.


*Not affiliated with the ALA Annual Conference 2019, but a superb program nonetheless!  Held at the National Gallery of Art.




The "Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" offers a variety of films and documentaries throughout the conference from Saturday through Monday.

With a range of screening times, stop by between meetings or for an educational break. See films and trailers below.


Free For All: Inside The Public Library (Preview/Teaser)

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 9:00 AM - 9:45 PM (Film Screening)

Location: Washington Convention Center, 209A-B  

Directed by Dawn Logsdon and Produced by Lucie Faulknor, 30 mins, co-sponsor Serendipity Films and Library History Round Table


Free for All is a documentary project exploring the history, spirit and challenges of the free public library. With public libraries around the nation facing drastic budget cuts and even closures, Free for All investigates why so many Americans love their libraries and assesses the high stakes for democracy if public libraries become extinct. Don't miss this unique opportunity for a sneak peek at excerpts from the film before its formal release later this year.


This film will be screened in conjunction with the FMRT Chair's Program at 2:30-3:30pm, “FMRT Presents a Conversation with Filmmakers Now Showing @ ALA.” The filmmakers, Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor, will also present the LHRT Edward G. Holly Memorial Lecture on Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30am.

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (2019)

Saturday, June 22, 10:00am – 12:00pm (Film Screening)

Location: Washington Convention Center, 209a-b


Directed by Tracy Heather Strain, 118 mins, co-sponsor California Newsreel


Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten, a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry's prescient works tackling race, human rights, women's equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon.


This 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Film and Media Round Table (FMRT) Notable Video for Adults, Peabody and NAACP Image Award-winning film will be screened in conjunction with the FMRT Chair's Program at 2:30-3:30pm, “FMRT Presents a Conversation with Filmmakers Now Showing @ALA.”



FMRT Presents A Conversation With Filmmakers Now Showing @ALA

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Location: Washington Convention Center, 158a-b


Join the Film and Media Round Table (FMRT) for a conversation with documentary filmmakers Tracy Heather Strain (LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED HANDS/FEELING HEART), Dawn Lodgson, and Lucie Faulkner (FREE FOR ALL: INSIDE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY).  This will be a unique opportunity to hear directly from filmmakers participating in the Now Showing @ALA film series.




Multimedia Discussion Group

Sunday, June 23, 2019  2:30-3:30pm

Location: Washington Convention Center, 101


The Multimedia Production Discussion Group serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas on supporting media production in multi-type libraries.  Topic coverage is diverse, including the equipment, computing and on-demand support for audio/video creation to 3D printing, Virtual Reality, and related technologies often associated with the makerspace movement.  Moderated by Scott Spicer, Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian, University of Minnesota.


Streaming Video Open Forum

Sunday, June 23, 2019  4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Marriott Marquis, Capitol


Large-scale streaming video platforms are making more video content directly available to our users than ever before. How do librarians plan for and navigate issues of funding and access in a seemingly ever-expanding sea of offerings? Topics include funding models, implications for immediate and long-term access, the effect of large-scale streaming collections on independent distributors, and opportunities for collaboration.  Moderated by Gisele Tanasse, Chair-Elect, FMRT; Film & Media Services Librarian, University of California, Berkeley.


An Evening of Avant-Garde History—Brigid Maher discusses her upcoming project: Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 6:00PM

Location: Poets and Busboys, 450 K St. NW

Ticketed Event: $20 for ALA Members and Non-Members

The Film and Media Roundtable (FMRT) Gala Committee, chaired by Benjamin Franz and Lavoris Martin is proud to present an evening of Avant-Garde film history. Brigid Maher, the Director of the Film program at American University’s School of Communication will join us to discuss the life and work of the first great museum coordinator of Avant-Garde cinema, Sally Dixon. She is preparing a film she directed and produced on Sally Dixon and her particularly distinct path into the greater diverse tapestry of experimental American film. Join us Sunday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm @ Poets and Busboys (450 K St. location) to learn more.

Made possible with generous support from: our Gold Sponsor, The Academic Library Video Trust, our Silver Sponsor, Docuseek2, and general sponsors, Bullfrog Films, California Newsreel, Cinema Guild, and Media Education Foundation.


FMRT Executive Board & Membership Meeting

Monday, June 24, 2019  8:30am-12:30pm

Location: Marriott Marquis, Shaw


Please join the Film and Media Round Table (FMRT) executive officers and board in this open business meeting and learn how you can become involved!  FMRT members and nonmembers are both welcome. Moderated by Lowell Lybarger, FMRT Chair, and Gisele Tanasse, FMRT Chair-Elect.


Now Showing @ ALA

Saving Brinton (2018)

Monday, June 24, 1:00PM - 2:30PM (Film Screening)

Location: Washington Convention Center, 209A-B


Directed by Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne, 87 mins, co-sponsor Passion River Films


In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of William Franklin Brinton, the man who brought moving pictures to America's Heartland. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, a lost relic from magical effects godfather Georges Méliès. These are the films that introduced movies to the world. 
Mike's journey to restore the Brinton name takes us to The Library of Congress, Paris and back for a big screen extravaganza in the same small-town movie theater where Brinton first turned on a projector over a century ago. By uniting community through a pride in their living history, Mike embodies a welcome antidote to the breakneck pace of our disposable society. Saving Brinton is a portrait of this unlikely Midwestern folk hero, at once a meditation on living simply and a celebration of dreaming big.  


Join us afterward for a conversation with Mike Zahs, subject of Saving Brinton, from 2:30-3:00PM


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Streaming Video: Confronting the Barriers to Sharing Between Libraries

Monday, June 24, 4:00PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Washington Convention Center, 150B

How much of your collections budget is now going to streaming videos? Do your licenses include the permissions you want? Because streaming video is a newer medium, libraries are accepting restrictive license agreements that reduce digital inclusion and contribute to the loss of traditional library services, such as resource sharing. Academic libraries are collecting these new streaming format types in the millions, but they are not able to ILL them to underfunded libraries that may not be able to afford streaming video collections. Presenters will provide data on the need for sharing streaming videos via ILL, provide guidance on how attendees can advocate for the license terms they want, discuss discovery & technology barriers and share a roadmap for supporting underfunded libraries by including license terms that support all libraries and services.

Co-sponsored by RUSA STARS and the Film and Media Round Table (FMRT).