Although we distribute many documentaries, love them and admire them, we
barely differentiate them from our "feature" films. The best films (no matter
fact or fiction) explore cultures, thoughts and beliefs in a way that
entertains, provokes (in the best sense of the word) and educates the
audience. The even can change lives. "I Know Where I'm Going" and "Days of
Heaven" changed mine.
Most of our films such as "Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?" are just
as mind-expanding and library-worthy as any National Geographic special.
Other distributors have just as many if not more extraordinary features. Many
of these, of course, can't be found at the local Blockbuster and this is
where a library can excel in books, music AND video.
Perhaps you are suggesting your Library buys too many features that don't
meet high standards or the above criteria (after all, how many copies of
Waterboy does a library need?). Then I would suggest getting better help in
making selections such as Randy Pitman's Video Librarian, Variety or Sight &
Milestone Film & Video
In a message dated 5/5/99 5:16:25 PM, LeslieA@LHQSMTP.COLAPL.ORG writes:
<<Hi all - I'm interested in those libraries that do NOT collect feature film
video. Here at the County of Los Angeles Public Library, we collect
feature film and IMO often too much. I know that many libraries do not
collect it at all. How do you justify it? Do you have a written policy?
How many complaints have you received? I'm looking to restrict the
amount of feature film video we purchase here and am unabashedly
looking for *ammunition*. Any comments on the issue are welcomed.
Thanks very much -