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!
The official announcement is a few weeks away, but we’re spilling the beans. Here’s an exclusive glimpse of a few films from next year’s lineup! Drumroll please…
We’ll start with two very special films: AMNESTY, by Albanian newcomer Bujar Alimani and FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN—Carlos Osuna’s unique and endearing [rotoscope] portrait of a man in the middle of, well, middle age.
Both films will have their official Global Lens release in New York this January, but if you’d like a sneak preview, check them out at the Chicago International Film Festival (October 6th-20th)!
Hmmm…want more? Well, we don’t want to give too much away. But, as an additional teaser, check out the trailer below for another excellent film from the 2012 series: CRAFT, by Brazilian auteur Gustavo Pizzi!
Ahhhh, there’s nothing quite like the month of May in Boston. It’s finally warmed up from the snowy winter, and that summer humidity hasn’t yet set in. And this year, May also marks the long-awaited return of Global Lens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston!
Long-awaited because this is the first time since 2006 that Global Lens has been shown at the MFA! But now thanks to Carter Long, the Museum’s film curator extraordinaire, MFA Boston will showcase Global Lens 2011 with 18 screenings from May 18th to the 29th, beginning today with DOOMAN RIVER and THE INVISIBLE EYE.
Continue reading How We’ve Missed You: Global Lens Returns to MFA Boston!