Zoopraxographers

West Virginia Filmmaker Finally Makes Films Available

Steve Fesenmaier writes "WV Filmmaker Ray Schmitt Creates His Website

Ray Schmitt has been making films since the 1970s - besides playing music and keeping his day job at the Congressional Research Service in DC. He retired to WV to his summer home in Hardy County several years ago, and since then has been producing films at an unequaled speed. He has made a short feature about UFOs in Hardy County, "The Lights." He has made some very good documentaries about some of our state's best artists - Twigman, Robert Singleton, and Jim Clark so far. Most recently he has produced his film profile about the Tusing Sisters of Lost Creek, Hardy County. While still working for the CRS he made the best documentary I have ever seen about retirement, "$4 Trillion and Counting: The Pension System in America." I certainly did not know anything about the various federal laws that created quite recently our retirement system. Ray has also made an excellent film about a world-class bellydancer, "Adriana: Shadows on Yellow Silk." During the last few year no WV filmmaker has been more of a film activist, coming to WV Filmmakers' Guild meetings at Sutton, working with other WV filmmakers, showing real solidarity. His proposal to make a film for a few thousand dollars on the 250th anniversary of Hampshire County, WV's oldest county, was unjustly turned down by the WV Humanities Council recently. Luckily his colleagues at the Library of Congress respect his work, and have shown his films, most recently "The Texture of Life," the Tusing Sisters film. Hopefully public libraries and other community groups inside WV and around the country and world will purchase copies of all of his fine films. He will be showing "The Texture of Life" and "Until I Become Light" as part of the WV Film Week at the Pioneer Theater in New York City on Saturday, March 27th. His new website where you can do this is - http://www.realearthproductions.com/."

Converting Videotapes to DVDs

Steve Fesenmaier writes "The NY Times has an excellent article on how to convert videotapes - home movies, etc. to DVD. Since we live in the TV age even more than the COMPUTER WORLD, all librarians need to know some basics.

Reg Req article is here.

Media Librarian Celebrates 25 Years with State Film Festival

Steve Fesenmaier writes "I was hired by state librarian Fred Glazer, director of the West Virginia Library Commission, in June 1978, right out of library school. He had used federal funds to start the last new 16-mm film library in the world in 1976 after doing a survey of the state's public libraries. They overwhelmingly told him they wanted access to the great educational films other states had had since the boom after WW II. -- Read More

Snake Hill and The Practice of Bibliographic Cinema

Mustafa Sakarya, from Mercy College, has the third article in our Media Librarianship in the 21 Century[Zoopraxographers] series. He writes: \"In answering the question of why librarians should make movies, one might first ask why librarians should write stories. One of the world’s greatest fantasy storytellers, Jorge Luis Borges was a devoted librarian who composed some of his greatest works in the basement of the National Library in Buenos Aires. Concerned with the history of scholarship, many of his stories make liberal use of the metaphor of the library as universe. In his classic philosophical tale, The Library of Babel, he states that, “the Library is unlimited and cyclical”, cyclical in the sense that within its details, an image of the world is discernible from generation to generation. With Borges as a model, I find it useful and interesting to think of librarians as information artists and the library as a studio of infinite possibility, where past and present knowledge converge in a space limited only by imagination. -- Read More

Survey Says: strong appreciation and support for the library’s video collection

Second in our \"Media Librarianship in the 21 Century\" series, aka Library Zoopraxographers.


Linda Engelberg writes: \"A recent survey at UH Manoa Library documented how heavily faculty on that campus depend on videos for both instruction and research. The responses to the survey were overwhelmingly positive, indicating a strong appreciation and support for the library’s video collection and a recognition that today’s students often learn more from video than from lectures and the printed word. -- Read More

Films about Philosophy - Derrida and Others

by Steve Fesenmaier to be published in Counterpoise magazine. First in our \"Media Librarianship in the 21 Century\" series, aka Library Zoopraxographers.

During the last century, \"thinking about thinking\" has become a major

influence on all forms of thinking - art, music, and most profoundly

philosophy. This new documentary by filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy

Ziering Kofman may be the single best film on this evolution, using

world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida as the subject. -- Read More

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