In collaboration with the Connecticut Library Consortium and in conjunction with the exhibition Library Science, Artspace presents a festival of films in which the library plays a central role.
Documentaries, independent films, Hollywood classics and television episodes will be screened at libraries throughout Connecticut.
Biblioburro: The Donkey Library
Carlos Rendón Zipagauta, 2008, 60 min
This documentary tells the story of Luis Soriano, a Colombian teacher who brings a circulating library of donated books to children of the poor and violence-ridden Magda- lena Province with the help of two hard-working donkeys. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV.
Prosser Public Library (Bloomfield), January 6, 11am
Walter Lang, 1957, 103 min
This romantic comedy stars Katharine Hepburn as a reference librarian at the Federal Broadcasting Network. With Spencer Tracy.
Brookfield Library, November 10, 3:00 pm
Cora J. Belden Library, January 10, 6:30 pm
Deep River Library, January 16, 7:30 pm
Guilford Free Library, December 12, 7:00 pm
Henry Carter Hull Library, December 12, 6:30 pm
James Blackstone Memorial Library, November 26, 2:00 pm
New Haven Free Public Library, January 26, 6:00 pm
Otis Library, December 17, 12:00 pm
Prosser Public Library (Bloomfield), January 6, 1:30 pm
Stratford Library, January 23, 12:00 pm
François Truffaut, 1966, 112 min
Based on the Ray Bradbury novel (which was named after the temperature at which paper burns and written on a rented library typewriter), this sci-fi thriller stars Oskar Werner as a firefighter whose job is to burn all books. With Julie Christie.
Cragin Memorial Library, January 12, 7:00 pm
Deep River Library, January 14, 7:30 pm
James Blackstone Memorial Library, January 21, 2:00 pm
New Britain Public Library, January 6, 1:00pm
Stratford Library, January 27, 12:00 pm
West Hartford Public Library, December 18, 3:00 pm
The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag
Allan Moyle, 1992, 89 min
This comedy stars Penelope Ann Miller as a small-town librarian who confesses to a murder she didn’t commit in a bid for attention.
Cragin Memorial Library, January 24, 7:00 pm
James Blackstone Memorial Library, January 14, 2:00 pm
The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film
Ann Seidl, 2007, 96 min
Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury stars in this first full-length documentary about librarians.
New Haven Free Public Library, January 24, 6:00 pm
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
Peter Winther, 2004, 92 min
This action-adventure stars Noah Wylie as a librarian who sets out to retrieve a magical artifact stolen from his library.
Brookfield Library, November 17, 3:00 pm
Cragin Memorial Library, January 10, 7:00 pm
Deep River Library, January 15, 7:30 pm
Henry Carter Hull Library, December 5, 6:30 pm
Prosser Public Library (Bloomfield), January 5, 6:30 pm
The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World
Françoise Levie, 2002, 60 min
Documentary about Paul Otlet, the Belgian bibliographer and pioneer of information management who invented the Universal Decimal Classification system, microfilm and the ubiquitous index card catalog used in most libraries.
Ridgefield Library, December 12, 7pm
Guilford Free Library, December 15, 7pm
The Music Man
Morton DaCosta, 1962, 151 min
This Oscar-winning musical comedy stars Shirley Jones in a Golden Globe-nominated performance as a stereotypical small-town librarian.
Prosser Public Library (Bloomfield), January 7, 1:00 pm
Stratford Library, January 26, 12:00 pm
Out of Obscurity
Matt Spangler & Eddie Becker, 2000, 40 min
This short tells the story of five young men who stage a civil protest in 1939 to open the public library in Alexandria, Virginia, to African-Americans.
New Haven Free Public Library, January 25, 4:30 pm
Puss in Books: Adventures of the Library Cat
Gary Roma, 1997, 29 min
Gary Roma, 1997, 29 min
Library cats around the United States are the focus of this short documentary.
Henry Carter Hull Library, December 8, 1:30 pm
Save and Burn
Julian Samuel, 2006, 80 min
Julian Samuel, 2006, 80 min
Building on The Library in Crisis, this documentary looks at the politicization of libraries and their role in the promotion and obstruction of democratic debate.
Bridgeport Library (Black Rock Branch), December 8, 6:30 pm
Richard Fleischer, 1973, 97 min
Charlton Heston stars in this sci-fi cult classic about a futuristic dystopia in which librarians control information.
Deep River Library, January 19, 7:30 pm
Guilford Free Library, December 13, 7:00 pm
James Blackstone Memorial Library, November 12, 2:00 pm
New Britain Public Library, January 4, 1:00 pm
Stratford Library, January 25, 7:00 pm
West Hartford Public Library, December 18, 1:15 pm
Daniel Taradash, 1956, 85 min
Bette Davis stars as a small-town librarian in this political drama about Communism and book banning.
Cragin Memorial Library, January 26, 7:00 pm
New Britain Public Library, January 5, 1:00 pm
New Haven Free Public Library, January 25, 6:00 pm
Otis Library, December 10, 12:00 pm
The Twilight Zone: Time Enough at Last
John Brahm, 1959, 25 min
Burgess Meredith stars as a book-loving bank teller thrown into a post-apocalyptic world in this classic Season One episode of the Twilight Zone television series.
Brookfield Library, December 8, 3:00 pm
Henry Carter Hull Library, December 15, 6:30 pm
Stratford Library, January 24, 12:00 pm