The Hollywood Librarian

Loblolly (
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 11:28:21 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Listers,

I have been lurking for several weeks and I must say how impressed I am with
this list's fluency, competence and general approachability.

My name is Ann Seidl and I'm a library consultant in Tallahassee, Florida.
I've been doing statistics, research, evaluation projects and staff training
for libraries since I became a consultant two years ago (prior to that I was
with the Colorado State Library). One of my avocations has always been
film, and for the past several years I have often thought that someone ought
to make a piece about librarians in the movies - everything from Marion the
Librarian to Parker Posey as Party Girl. Every time I watched a scene with
a library or librarian in it, I would think, "See, that would be a great
addition." As I am sure this group knows, Martin Raish has an amazing
filmography on this subject at which was like
finding buried treasure.

Well, call it what you will (I vacillate between bravery, audacity,
arrogance and stupidity), but when the 21st century (truly) began in
January, I decided to stop wishing and to make the thing myself. Its
working title is _The Hollywood Librarian_. We've put together a team of
great people (executive summary, brief bio's and film treatment can be
viewed at my web site and we are in the initial stages
of fundraising, with the potential of million(s?) to be paid for rights to
film clips.

Negotiating the film rights is down the road aways, as we haven't even
written the script yet. But what's happening now is that I am being invited
to speak at various library associations and functions, and I want to show
some of my favorite film clips (i.e. Pleasantville, Party Girl,
Philadelphia, Desk Set, etc.)

So how do I get permission to show these clips? Is there a site with all
the permission-granters, or a good place to start? I've found something
called "temporary public performance rights" - what does this mean?

Please accept my deep appreciation in advance for any advice you have.


Ann Seidl
Information, Managed
2022 East Forest Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303-5144

"I'm a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make
me happy." --J.D. Salinger, "Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters"

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