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TR-250339-16

Video Veracity, Inc (New Orleans, LA 70118-2059)
Dawn C. Logsdon (Project Director: January 2016 to present)

Free For All: Inside the Public Library, Documentary Film and New Media Project

Production of a 90-minute television documentary and digital engagement project on the history of the public library in the United States.

Free For All: Inside the Public Library is a multi-platform documentary project about the history, culture and significance of the American Public Library and the free library movement that created it. It is told through the voices of some of the millions of contemporary Americans who use their local library today and the voices of the many generations who have used it in the past. Free For All seeks to educate, entertain, and spark national dialogue at a critical moment for the future of public libraries in America. The project's centerpiece is a 90-minute film that interweaves dramatic chapters of national library history with a contemporary exploration of the American Public Library. The film and associated digital project explore why Americans are using their public libraries in record numbers and the threat to democracy if they were to become extinct.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Public History; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2019