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A documentary examining the role of libraries and how modern society is challenged to fund them.

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While overall library use has grown in recent years, some libraries are reducing hours, cutting services, or even closing doors entirely. We are creating a documentary to examine the relevance of libraries in a society changed by modern advances, such as the Internet and electronic reading devices.

We have already interviewed several people, some of whom are shown in the trailer. We are seeking funding to bring a more national perspective to the film, covering costs such as travel expenses. Funds will also be used to enhance the film, such as with graphics and narration. Our goal is to complete the bulk of filming by early summer, depending on the availability of sources across the nation, and to complete editing and other post-production work before the end of 2012.

The documentary is the directoral debut of Patricia Snyder, a professional journalist with independent narrative filmmaking experience, working with fellow producer Jes Webb, who has owned his own media company for 22 years. We have been fortunate to work with several industry professionals, who have been willing to help when their time allowed.

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