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Project of the Day: ‘FREE FOR ALL: Inside the Public Library’

Project of the Day: 'FREE FOR ALL: Inside the Public Library'

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FREE FOR ALL: Inside the Public Library

Tweetable Logline: A documentary about America’s unlikely hero…the Public Library.

Elevator Pitch: Big decisions about the future of the American public library–decisions that will resonate for generations–are being made NOW in local communities across the country. How these decisions will be made and who will make them are questions at the heart of our documentary. We’re an experienced team of award-winning filmmakers who are passionate about public libraries and their role in our democracy. Many people think of libraries as quaint book repositories growing obsolete in our digital age – we’re on a mission to dispel that myth for national television and web audiences of all ages.

Production Team: 
Dawn Logsdon – Director / Producer / Editor
Stanley Nelson – Executive Producer: 
Lucie Faulknor – Producer
Veronica Selver – Editor
Vicente Franco – Cinematographer

About the film: I would walk to my neighborhood library in New Orleans every day after school to devour books while waiting for my parents to finish work. As I got older, I used my public library less. I mainly thought of it as a place to find books I couldn’t afford to buy. Fast-forward several decades: Hurricane Katrina hit. While national, state and city relief efforts floundered, librarians from around the country mobilized, arriving before the Army or National Guard to save rare documents and provide services to evacuees in nearby towns. My vision of the public library was forever transformed.

Current Status: All done with research. Raising money for production

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page 

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