Zoom Lends DVDs now available at all AADL locations

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Now you don't have to get in line to see the hottest movies! Beginning Friday, October 20, a selection of popular DVD titles will be available for rental at all AADL locations for $1 per week. All Zoom Lends copies are available on a first come, first served basis.

Sweetheart of the Month- Bela Lugosi

Friday, October 20 is the birthday of Bela Lugosi, classic horror hero who stole our hearts in the original film production of Dracula. Lugosi was born on October 20, 1882 in Lugos, Hungary. Most of his acting career was in Germany before he came to the U.S. in 1921. Best known for his roles in horror movies, Lugosi started out playing more traditional roles, including Shakespeare.

Check out our great horror movie collection at AADL for a truly spooky Halloween night.

"Daughters of the Dust" at the Michigan Theater

Eli Peazant: "What're we supposed to remember, Nana? How, at one time, were we able to protect those we loved? How, in Africa world, we were kings and queens and built great big cities?"
Nana Peazant: "Eli, I'm trying to teach you how to touch your own spirit. I'm fighting for my life, Eli, and I'm fighting for yours. Look in my face! I'm trying to give you something to take north with you, along with all your great big dreams."

Originally released in 1991, Daughters of the Dust tells the story of the Peazant family, an early 20th century African American family trying to make the difficult decision to migrate north or remain on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where they have maintained their Gullah language and culture. Director Julie Dash creates a stunning portrait of three generations torn between maintaining tradition and the prospect of a new life. Daughters of the Dust won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Cinematography in 1991. It will show at the Michigan Theater this Thursday, October 12th at 7:15pm and again Sunday, October 15th at 6pm.

Millers Creek Film Festival

Did you know the Huron River Watershed Council sponsors a film festival? The Millers Creek Film Festival is a filmmaking competition and festival that is held to raise awareness about the river and water issues in the area. You can submit a film five minutes long (or shorter) or a 30 second public service spot. The subject is human connections to the River or its tributaries. Prizes will be awarded and the winners will be shown at the Michigan Theater on March 20, 2007.

Entries must be submitted by February 20, 2007. The entry fee is $15 (or $10 if submitted by February 1, 2007).

Check for further information and entry forms online at HRWC

New Youth DVD's

There are so many new Youth DVD's. There is a new Bob the Builder DVD, called Bob the Builder. Help is on the way! where Bob is has to build a stand for the flower show, builds a movie theater, and has other adventures. The new Curious George with Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell, and Dick Van Dyke is now available. Disney has released a DVD version of The Little Mermaid, that has special features available on two discs. For all of you Pokémon fans Pokémon Advanced Challenge volumes 5-10 are now available to be checked out!

Long-awaited classics coming to DVD this fall

Well, it's about time. This October, Warner's is finally releasing five classics on DVD from MGM, "the Tiffany of movie studios": Producer David O. Selznick's A Tale of Two Cities (1935), starring Ronald Colman and Basil Rathbone and David Copperfied (1935), starring W.C. Fields; Treasure Island (1934), starring Wallace Beery; the opulent Marie Antionette (1938), starring Norma Shearer; and, drum roll, please, the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Laurence Olivier. As if that wasn't enough, the classic civil rights documentary series Eyes on the Prize will be here in November (we currently have the VHS edition), as well as 49 Up, the next installment in the landmark documentary series by filmmaker Michael Apted that began with the 1964 film Seven Up!. Stay tuned. We'll be getting them all.

Viva Italia!

September 28 is the birthday of Italian actor, Marcello Mastroianni who was born on this date in 1924. Often cast as a womanizer or a jilted lover,Mastroianni was best known for the films, La Dolce Vita and Divorce, Italian Style. In addition to films with Mastroianni, the Library has an extensive collection of Italian films.

Not Just for Kids Movie Series

Michigan Theater has posted the schedule for the 2006-2007 Not Just for Kids Movie Series, and there is an exciting lineup. The theater is partnering with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, producing a great experience full of music, movies and theater. The library has many books to compliment the lineup including Peter and the Wolf, Junie B. Jones and Henry and Mudge.

Great Shorts!

A discussion on the importance of short films in American cinema will take place here at AADL on Wednesday, August 30, 7-8:30 p.m. (check here for details). Meanwhile, AADL has several great collections of short films on DVD, including:

Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life...and Other Strange Tales
More Treasures from the American Film Archives, 1894-1931
Shorts! 15 Award-winning Film Festival Shorts
The 75th Annual Academy Awards Short Films

And my personal favorite: Curly Classics

Idlewild

According to Sunday's Ann Arbor News, Idlewild, the new film opening this week, is named after the famous Lake County Michigan resort, otherwise known as the Black Eden of Michigan in the 1920s and '30s and the Summer Apollo of Michigan in the 1950s and '60s. Idlewild, Michigan, hosted great jazz acts in its day, including Duke Ellington, and was the vacation spot of choice for such black luminaries as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Even W.E.B. Du Bois owned a home there. But the film itself is set in Georgia and its "Idlewild" is a small-town speakeasy. It does take place during the same period and features the music of OutKast (a bit of a historical stretch, but oh well). So far, reviews are mixed but Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gives it an A-.

You can read more about the real Idlewild in Idlewild: the Black Eden of Michigan by Ronald J. Stephens.

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