Monday, October 12, 2009

More Documentaries!

After posting about the upcoming The Library of the Early Mind documentary, I received a wonderful email from the film's coproducer, Steven Withrow, explaining more about the process of selecting authors and experts of children's literature for the film. He wrote:

Interviewing all the wonderful authors and experts has been a dream come true for me, and we have many more exciting interviews planned. Our choices have been limited, to some degree, by geography and budget (we're based in Rhode Island), but we're also focusing in on certain thematic threads and one interview has often led naturally to another.

Mr. Withrow also indicated that the next authors to be featured are Jane Yolen and Norton Juster; both clips are already up this morning! The clip of Norton Juster's interview has the following annotation:

Norton Juster is both an architect and an author of children’s books. His best-known work is The Phantom Tollbooth, which was illustrated by his then-neighbor, Jules Feiffer. He also designed the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art at Hampshire College, where he taught for more than 20 years.

Did you know that Norton Juster designed the Eric Carle Museum???? How cool is that? I'm really looking forward to following the progress of this project!

Right after reading the email from Steven Withrow, I read a blog post from the Graphic Classroom about another upcoming documentary titled, Comic Book Literacy: A Documentary Film about Comics in the Classroom and Beyond. A description from the film's website follows:

The Comic Book Literacy Documentary is an independent documentary film project currently in production. The film showcases comic books as a way to inspire a passion for reading in both children and adults. Comics have traditionally had a bad reputation from the perspective of the general public and it is the goal of this film to shatter the negative stereotype of comics as "junk food for the brain" and to show them in a new light.

Exciting, right? On the website you can see the comic book writers that will appear in the film. The film also has a blog and a trailer. Check it out...

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