walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

not Politicks, just politics: Documentary Night at the Library

Since I got a projector (the PK20 from Mitsubishi), and a screen (the Da-Lite 40" Presentation screen), it occurred to me that I could put on movies at the library. R. pointed out there might be a licensing issue. I dug around on the web and found these guys: http://www.movlic.com/

While it took a few rounds to get them to cough up a number, for our size library, it was quite reasonable (under $300 for the year), where reasonable is defined as I-don't-mind-forking-over-for-it-personally. Unfortunately, their documentary selection is limited. 'Cause what I want to do is show political documentaries (of the food/parenting/environment/climate/Peak Oil variety) and get people talking about them. The Director had a host of questions/objections, none of which were particularly to-the-point. Apparently earlier licensing schemes limited libraries to a single showing (this one doesn't). She figured I'd need a wall to project against (hardly -- altho I will probably buy a bigger screen at some point). She was concerned about conflict with other events (I'd rather do it when the library isn't officially open anyway, so the darkened room doesn't inhibit people from checking out books). It looks like we're rolling, with a start date of 8/17 and I'm to get a bill by a week before that. _Control Room_ unfortunately, is not offered through this license (but I have a number I can call, and probably will at some point). I've moved _An Inconvenient Truth_ and _Maxed Out_ to the top of my queue since both of those are fair game and readily available at Netflix.

Altho I'm sorely tempted to start a week earlier with _The End of Suburbia_, since the licensing on that is free, and it'd make an entertaining, minimally advertised dress rehearsal.

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