FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2005
Librarian documentary crew films Scorsese, Bradbury
MADISON, WI – The producers of the new documentary “The
Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians in Film” announced that
filming has begun. Footage shot to date includes Martin Scorsese at a
New York Public Library event in December 2004 as well as a
face-to-face interview with Ray Bradbury conducted in March.
Cameras were rolling on December 7, 2004, at the 100th anniversary
celebration of the Tompkins Square branch in Manhattan where Mr.
Scorsese visited regularly as a child. The celebrated movie
director spoke nostalgically about his early use of the branch. “For us
to come to this library, you can’t imagine,” he told the gathering of
200 patrons, staff and trustees. “It was a real respite. It
was quiet. There was real reverence for the books. And I fell in
love with the books.” Mr. Scorsese sheepishly confessed to
removing photographs from a book on film that he had borrowed
repeatedly. He took the opportunity to present the branch with a mint
condition replacement copy.
Author Ray Bradbury was on hand for several Book Week events hosted by
the Long Beach (CA) Public Library Foundation from March 14 through
March 19. The community was reading “Fahrenheit 451” and the film
crew was fortunate to be able to capture an intergenerational
discussion of the book. Mr. Bradbury consented to an interview with Ann
Seidl, writer and director of the documentary. Famous for his
support of libraries, Bradbury said on camera, “Teachers are to
inspire. Libraries are to fulfill.”
Footage of the two celebrities will be included as background for the
central subject of the documentary, librarians. While on location
in Southern California, the documentary film crew interviewed
librarians in three locales in the greater Los Angeles area: Long Beach
Public Library, Cerritos Library and the Norris Medical Library at the
University of Southern California.
The producers continue to solicit funding from library supporters in
order to secure the rights to dozens of Hollywood film clips and to
continue interviewing librarians and celebrities.