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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 55 MIN | 2013

OUT OF PRINT

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Dive into the riveting debate over the future of ideas, as documentarian Vivienne Roumani tackles the questions confronting and at times confounding the modern word industry. To some, the digital revolution can offer an extraordinary gift to humanity: unfettered access to all published content, assuming future generations have the patience and curiosity for research. The other side defends copyrights as indispensible in ensuring that the best minds commit their energy and time to the written word. Roumani visits the libraries, book clubs, classrooms and corporate offices on the frontlines of this fight and proves that more is at stake here than how quickly and cheaply we can access the latest bestseller.

Featuring interviews with Scott Turow, Ray Bradbury, Jeffrey Toobin, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, self-publishing success story Darcie Chan and many more, Out of Print is a fascinating, in-depth look at publishing’s milestones and what it means to adapt that history to the rapid expansions of the information age. At the heart of the issue is how we define ourselves. Are we democratic or exclusive, insipid or analytical, eager for the whole story or simply more efficient when we just read the snippets?

--Arthur Ryel-Lindsey

The 4/28 showtime for this film is screening as part of the Tribeca Talks® After the Movie series. Learn more here: Tribeca Talks® After the Movie: Out of Print
Film Information
Year: 2013
Length: 55 minutes
Language: English, Italian
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Vivienne Roumani
Producer: Morton Denn, Vivienne Roumani
Editor: Tom Patterson
Cinematographer: Out of Print Cinematographers
Executive Producer: Aryeh Bourkoff
Composer: Alexander Lasarenko
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About the Director(s)
VIVIENNE ROUMANI was born in Benghazi, Libya, and at age twelve emigrated with her family to Boston, an experience detailed in her debut feature, The Last Jews of Libya (TFF 2007). Before becoming a documentarian, she held library management positions at the Library of Congress, Johns Hopkins University and UC Berkeley.

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