I swear it was just February, but then I blinked and suddenly realized that we’re already in May! Time seems to be marching on faster and faster these days, but for now it’s spring and hopefully that means, wherever you may be, that flowers are blooming, daylight is sticking around longer, and the weather is warming up a bit (we here in San Francisco will have to continue to keep our fingers crossed, it seems). And for Global Lens, springtime also means a flurry of familiar faces, as several of our longtime screening partners host the new 2012 film series!
At the beginning of last month, the Port Townsend Film Institute kicked things off with Albania’s AMNESTY at their beautiful Rosebud Cinema, and will continue to showcase films from the series throughout the year. Meanwhile, the hardworking folks over at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival are wrapping things up tonight, Global Lens having played an integral part of their annual programming now for the fourth year in a row.
Continue reading It’s Springtime for Global Lens!
The Brooklyn Public Library
Our public library program is in full swing this spring with the Brooklyn Public Library! San Francisco and Missoula are next, with Memphis and Park City on the horizon…
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we love public libraries. From their goals of public education and engagement, to the diverse architecture of buildings large and small all across the country—they are cultural icons that hold a physical space in every community, and represent a truly free exchange of ideas that we cherish.
And so, this month, in homage to our ever-growing affinity for public libraries, our friends at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will be presenting our most favorite film series, Global Lens 2012, to audiences in one of New York’s most celebrated boroughs.
Why? Because BPL is one of a handful of lucky institutions invited this year to join our Global Lens Public Library Program, which we launched last year to promote education and cultural literacy in communities all throughout the United States (some of you may remember that we partnered with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries to kick off the program).
Continue reading Global Lens Goes Public!
Global Lens makes its long-awaited debut at public libraries across the U.S.
Big books, small books, magazines and catalogs. Shelves that stretch like buildings on a city block. Millions of words by thousands of people, pressed onto paper and compressed into a building…
Ever since I was a child, I’ve had an affinity for libraries. For me, they represent a space without limits or borders, a place of collected knowledge that lends itself to the imagination. In fact, I wrote my first poem in a library (after checking out a book on haiku), and spent many afternoons as a teenager cultivating my then-nascent interest in film, sitting in a corner watching the classics [on a VHS player].
Of course, libraries have evolved since my childhood, and none more profoundly than the American public library; what once began with Benjamin Franklin and a social-activity of lending books to his friends has now evolved into a community institution, media center and learning resource. And also, a crossroads of people and cultures, a place where new immigrants meet old residents, artists share space with academics and every language is within arm’s reach on a shelf.
And so, it’s only natural that we bring Global Lens to that environment.
Continue reading Global Lens Gets a Library Card!
Spring has arrived, and y’all know what that means — it’s time for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF)! A partner of ours since 2009, the MSPIFF is bringing Global Lens 2011 to the Twin Cities from April 14 through May 5.
Ryan Oestreich (Office and Theater Manager), Jesse Bishop (Programming Coordinator), and all the other fine folks at the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul work very hard year after year to pack 170 films from around the world into 3 weeks of international and art-house bliss, and we’re always extremely pleased to have Global Lens included in the mix.
Check our calendar for the Global Lens screening schedule at MSPIFF, and if all this talk abut the Twin Cities has got you thinking about twin kitties, then you’re in luck.