ALA previews

Contact: Larra Clark
ALA Media Relations
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2006

ALA previews "The Hollywood Librarian" documentary

at Annual Conference June 25

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) will offer a sneak peek at the new librarian documentary in the making - "The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society." Footage from the film, still in post-production, will be shown at the Morial Convention Center Auditorium Sunday, June 25, at 9 p.m. Admission is free.

The evening will feature Ann Seidl, the librarian writer and director, who will present the film's progress to date, show footage from the production, describe the process of making the documentary, and discuss the anticipated release of this first-ever documentary look at librarians in the United States.

School, academic, public and special librarians will join Ray Bradbury as interview subjects for the documentary.
Famous for his support of libraries, Bradbury said on camera, "Teachers are to inspire.
Libraries are to fulfill." These interviews will be interwoven with movie clips of cinematic librarians and serve as transitions between such themes as censorship, children and librarians, funding issues, and the value of reading.

A special presentation of a new librarian recruitment video, also an Overdue Productions project, will be included in the evening's events, and other surprises also are planned.
Librarians are invited to donate to the Post-Production Fund (, and special VIP seats for the screening are available to those who contribute.

Seidl also will make a special appearance at Booth # 1661 on Saturday, June 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. All film fans, documentary buffs and librarian lovers are welcome.

"The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society" is an Overdue Productions film in association with Bi-Folkal Productions, a non-profit organization with 30 years of service to libraries.
The film is an original, full-length documentary by, for and about librarians. To learn more about the film, visit