I am so excited to hear that the Free For All crew will be back on the road this spring, filming in more libraries around the country, including the Los Angeles Public Library, New York Public Library, Seattle Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Kansas City Public Library, and the Memphis Public Library.
Free For All is a documentary about public libraries by filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor. You may have already been to www.free4allfilms.org to check out the project, or read about it in the Feb. 1, 2015, issue of Library Journal. Their 2008 film Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans was outstanding. We are fortunate to have such powerful storytellers (and lifelong public library users) capturing the voices of our patrons and communicating so clearly the significant role libraries play in our communities and democracy.
Dawn was down here in Louisiana doing some early filming in October 2013, and I had the pleasure of facilitating her tour of some of the branch libraries that serve our vanishing coast. It was interesting to watch her drink everything in, and hear how she saw both our libraries and public libraries in general across the country serving critical societal and community building roles.