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hummingbirdBonsai People – The vision of Muhammad Yunus
Saturday, June 29
8:00 am – 10:00 am

What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? To some, it sounds impossible, but Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus has proven with a number of social businesses that it works.

Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus is a film that profiles these companies, and shows the impact that such entrepreneurial projects have had on impoverished communities. Citing examples like Grameen Bank providing microcredit to small business initiatives to Grameen Danone addressing malnourishment to Grameen Phone and IT bringing telecommunications to remote areas, Yunus explains how to match social problems with new services that provide opportunities for economic and personal development. These stories can fuel classroom discussion about the principles and ideas that have made these social businesses successful, and challenge students to apply these universal social business strategies to addressing issues in their own communities.

Runtime: 79 minutes
Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDA_EGUHTOM

Sneak Peek at Free For All: Inside the Public Library
Saturday, June 29
10:30 am – 12noon
Filmmakers Dawn Logsdon & Lucie Faulknor present a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of their multi platform documentary-in-progress FREE FOR ALL: Inside the Public Library, exploring the history, spirit and challenges of the free public library. The filmmakers will debut footage from all three components of their project - national storytelling booth, web videos and feature-length documentary - and they want input from the library community. Share your comments, questions, story & archival leads during the panel discussion/Q&A with the filmmakers and library experts. Participants include author and literary critic Nancy Pearl, SFPL City Librarian Luis Herrera, historian and author Wayne Wiegand, and National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Program Officer Karen Kenton.

Runtime: Video clips and panel discussion/Q&A 90 minutes
Preview: http://www.freeforallfilms.org
Sponsored
by: Serendipity Films, LLC

returning_fireReturning Fire: Interventions in Video Game Culture
Saturday, June 29
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Games and Gaming Round Table (GAMERT) for a film screening and panel discussion of militarism and online gaming, featuring the documentary film Returning Fire. Directed by University of Georgia professor Roger Stahl, Returning Fire is a sobering look at what video games like Modern Warfare, America's Army and Battlefield are doing to users, our political culture, and our capacity to empathize with people directly affected by the trauma of war. It features three culture-jamming activists who infiltrated online war games in an effort to break the hypnotic spell of "militainment," forcing us to think critically about what it means when the tools of modern war become forms of consumer play.
 
Returning Fire (L: 44 minutes)will be shown in its entirety followed by remarks from the film’s director Professor Roger Stahl from UGA in Athens, Georgia and one of the film’s three culture jammers Joseph Delappe (Las Vegas, NV) plus audience Q&A/discussion. This promises to be a lively conversation affecting front line librarians, collection development specialists, and gamers. As a practical follow up to the deconstruction of war games in this session, learn about gaming alternatives to war games at the subsequent Games for Change program sponsored by the International Relations Round Table, SRRT, and GAMERT  to be held  on Monday afternoon, July 1, 1:00-2:30 PM.

Runtime: 44 minutes
Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbrlNNR8Puk
Sponsored
by: Social Responsibilities Round Table and Gaming Round Table

hugoHugo
Saturday, June 29
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hugo is a 2011 3D historical adventure drama film based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret about an orphan boy living in the walls of the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets with a shopkeeper, George Melies, who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. Brian Selznick will be available after the screening of Hugo for a Q&A. Attendees will receive copies of his book, the Hugo Movie Companion (while supplies last).

Runtime: 126 minutes
Preview: http://www.hugomovie.com/hugo-movie-trailer.html
Sponsored
by: Scholastic Trade Books

Screening will be followed by a Q & A with Brian Selznick, the author of the Caldecott Award winning book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

liberal_artsLiberal Arts
Sunday, June 30
8:00 am – 10:00 am

Thirty-five year old Jesse Fisher, an admissions officer at a New York City post-secondary institution he who loves English and literature, has somewhat lost his passion in life, which includes recently being unceremoniously dumped by his latest girlfriend, who could no longer be the person to prop him up emotionally. He has a chance to find that passion again when he is invited to the retirement dinner of his second favorite Ohio University college professor, Peter Hoberg, as his time there was when his life held the most passion. Jesse's encounters with five people there may determine if he does find that passion again. They are: Hoberg, who is resisting the notion of retirement; Judith Fairfield, Jesse's favorite professor, although for a different reason than his like of Hoberg; Nat, a free spirit who navigates life at the institution on his own terms; undergraduate student Dean, who Jesse sees as a younger more destructive version of himself; and nineteen year old undergraduate student Zibby, who is seemingly wise beyond her years and with who Jesse embarks on a relationship despite their sixteen year age difference.

Runtime: 97 minutes
Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cghoZjT4e8

Ferlinghettifirst_run_featuresFerlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder
Sunday, June 30
10:30 am – 12noon

The poet and writer Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an iconic presence in the world of arts and letters. For well over half a century he has helped shape the currents of poetry and literature through his forceful engagement with society. Armed with an ideological position that often found him at odds with the political dogma of his day, Ferlinghetti became the best-selling poet of the modern era, a literary mercenary and a rebel at the forefront of a cultural revolution.

Runtime: 79 minutes
Preview: http://firstrunfeatures.com/trailers_ferlinghetti.html
Sponsored
by: ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom and First Run Features 

Screening will be follow with a Q & A panel discussion.

brooklyn_castleBrooklyn Castlefirst_run_features
Sunday, June 30
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school, I.S. 139 in Brooklyn, NY,  that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school. BROOKLYN CASTLE shows how these kids' dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. After all, if they can master the world's most difficult game, what can't they do?

Runtime: 102 minutes
Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kg1dg5Y-I0o
Sponsored
by: First Run Features

rosieThe Rosie Project
Monday, July 1
4:00 pm – 4:01 pm

Trailer for an Adult book coming out with us this fall called THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion.

Sponsored by: Simon & Schuster

 

 

login2lifeLOGIN 2 LIFE
Sunday, June 30
4:00 pm –5:30 pm

Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars. While these simulated worlds are often treated with contempt by the general media, LOGIN 2 LIFE takes a more sympathetic approach, profiling seven people deeply immersed in these worlds, and attempting to understand what each gets from their virtual life. Centered around two people homebound by their disabilities who have found community online, LOGIN 2 LIFE explores the growing number of people who spend much of their lives in online virtual worlds. Exploring cutting-edge technologies and means of communication, LOGIN 2 LIFE is a must-see for any information sciences professional, and is relevant to a wide and diverse array of subject interests: anthropology, communications, cultural studies, disability studies, family relations, globalization, human sexuality, media studies, science and technology, and sociology.

Runtime: 86 minutes
Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C8_f6BxaMfY
Sponsored
by: Icarus Films

untoldThe Untold History of the United States (two episodes)
Monday, July 1
8:00 am – 10:00 am

There is a classified America we were never meant to see. From Academy Award®-winning writer/director Oliver Stone, this ten-part documentary series looks back at human events that at the time went under reported, but that crucially shaped America's unique and complex history over the 20th century. From the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War and the fall of Communism, this in-depth, surprising, and totally riveting series demands to be watched again and again. Filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick are Auditorium Speakers following the screening at 10:30 - 11:30 AM in Ballroom S100a.

Runtime: 60 minutes each
Preview: http://www.sho.com/sho/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states/about
Sponsored
by: Simon & Schuster

rosieThe Rosie Project
Monday, July 1
10:30 am – 10:31 am

Trailer for an Adult book coming out with us this fall called THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion.

Sponsored by: Simon & Schuster

 

 

electric_signsElectric Signs
Monday, July 1
10:35 am – 11:35 am

New screen-based sign systems are putting TV-style advertising into the public domain in cities around the globe. These electronic signs are re-shaping urban environments and re-defining areas of public space by intensifying the commercialization of the public sphere. In addition to the explosion of screens in public spaces, screens are ubiquitous in work spaces and in people's daily life activities. These seamless, illuminated electronic surfaces are becoming the devices through which we frame our experiences. ELECTRIC SIGNS explores this new screen culture as it unfolds in the global city. The film's narrator, a city observer modeled on the critic Walter Benjamin, takes us on a journey through a variety of urban landscapes, examining public 
spaces and making connections between light, perception and the culture of 
attractions in today's consumer society.
Runtime: 58 minutes

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qFf7diu2Shs
Sponsored
by: Icarus Films

56Up56 Upfirst_run_features
Monday, July 1
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, as they turn 56 more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed. An extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th century, The UP Series is, according to critic Roger Ebert, “an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life.”

Runtime: 144 minutes
Preview: http://firstrunfeatures.com/trailers_56up.html
Sponsored
by: First Run Features