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November 12, 2013

Wallace State Press Release: Film series continues Thursday with 'Out of Print'

Is the book dead? Filmmaker Vivienne Roumani seeks an answer to the question


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HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College will present “Out of Print” by filmmaker Vivienne Roumani as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Burrow Center Recital Hall, 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14.



Following a screening of the film, Roumani and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker. A reception with the filmmaker is scheduled following the film. Admission is free.



In “Out of Print” Roumani sets out to answer the questions: Is the Book Dead? Or is the question even important? Her quest was to find out what it means to individuals, and society, to have the ability to answer nearly any question at lightning speed, anywhere, and at any time.



A riveting debate involving Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Authors Guild President and best-selling novelist Scott Turow, and Harvard Librarian Robert Darnton about the questions confronting the word industry sets the backdrop as Roumani tackles the core issues of the future of ideas. “Out of Print” is narrated by Meryl Streep.



Roumani is an independent producer/director based in New York City. She brings to “Out of Print,” a unique perspective gained as a director at the Library of Congress and the UC Berkeley Library, where she led digitization projects. Roumani’s previous documentary, “The Last Jews of Libya,” narrated by Isabella Rossellini, had its U.S. premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and was subsequently screened at major festivals and other venues around the world as well as on the Sundance channel.



The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. www.southarts.org.



This is the third film in a series of independent films to be shown at Wallace State in 2013-14. Wallace State is one of 24 venues across the southeast selected as a screening venue and awarded a grant from the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Film Makers.



For more information about Wallace State’s screening of “Out of Print,” call 256.352.8118 or 8457, or visit www.wallacestate.edu/artscalendar.