What does a free and public library system mean to a community? Facts and access to information have never been more important.
This project grew from the belief that we are in a critical time in our country, a time that calls for an informed and engaged population. This documentary spends a year in the public libraries of Louisville, KY, documenting events that take place routinely at libraries. It will focus on several individuals touched by those events. The documentary will enable the audience to decide if the public library is a nurturing environment for people seeking to be informed and engaged. Does it serve all Americans, including many who might not have the resources to access the basic elements of cultural literacy most of us take for granted? This access includes such library staples as books, news media, classes, computers and yes, something as elementary as a safe environment. The events to be depicted are as diverse as they are compelling. They include story time for the young, classes preparing people for citizenship, naturalization ceremonies, computer access and education for those on the wrong side of the digital divide, genealogy services, the How-to Festival, the Gonzo Festival, the Anime Fest ... the list goes on. In showing these events viewers can decide if there is value in a library providing skills, education, entertainment, and general enrichment to all citizens. The financial support gathered from this kickstarter campaign will enable the producers to edit the considerable amount of footage into a compelling program (the majority of the events have already been recorded on HD video). The financial resources will not be sufficient to cover all expenses incurred but will provide the producers a solid funding base that will take the program much nearer to completion. Other funding will come from grants and private solicitations. The producer, Morgan Atkinson, has used this formula successfully in completing 15 other long-form documentaries.
Risks and challenges
The writer/producer Morgan Atkinson has been an independent producer for 30+ years. During that time he has faced and overcome most hurdles that can confront a project. Aside from writing the program Atkinson also owns most of production and editing equipment required to finish the program. He has received full cooperation from Louisville library officials and staff. This has led to access to all facets of library operations. Atkinson has had some 15 long-form documentaries broadcast on public television. This track record greatly increases the likelihood not only that the program will be completed but that the library program will also be broadcast to a wide audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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