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TR-266364-19
It’s Lit! A Series About Books from PBS Digital Studios
Brandon Arolfo, PBS Foundation

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=TR-266364-19

The Case for Fan Fiction (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: The Case for Fan Fiction
Writer: Angelina Meehan
Writer: Lindsay Ellis
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Niki Walker
Abstract: For years writers of fan fiction were shamed, the butt of jokes, and even subject to copyright litigation. However, in the past few years, with the fan fiction writers of today becoming the published mainstream authors of today the past time is a celebrated benchmark of one’s climb to publication. In the season two premiere of "It’s Lit," we explore what happened and how fan fiction writers were able to come out of the proverbial closet of shame. Hosted by Lindsay Ellis and Princess Weekes, "It’s Lit!" is a show about our favorite books, genres and why we love to read. It’s Lit has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdDIMOehLm8
Primary URL Description: YouTube, the Case for Fan Fiction
Access Model: Open Access
Format: Digital File

Afrofuturism: From Books to Blockbusters (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Afrofuturism: From Books to Blockbusters
Writer: Lindsay Ellis
Writer: Princess Weekes
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Nikki Walker
Abstract: With the success of Black Panther, the term Afro-Futurism got pushed into the mainstream. But what is Afro-Futurism and what is its place in Black storytelling? In this episode we give you the starter pack on answering that question.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI1xmwqGEBw
Primary URL Description: YouTube, Afrofuturism
Access Model: Open Access
Format: Digital File

How Fictional Pandemics Reflect the Real Thing (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: How Fictional Pandemics Reflect the Real Thing
Writer: Lindsay Ellis
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Nikki Walker
Abstract: Although we are currently living through a pandemic that has disrupted our lives and will shape the course of humanity, pandemics have been around since the dawn of civilization, as have stories about fictional pandemics. So now seems like as good a time as any to explore how fictional pandemics have evolved over time, and what they say about their own time.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-lNeg9e60c
Primary URL Description: YouTube, How Fictional Pandemics Reflect the Real Thing
Access Model: Open Access
Format: Digital File

The Constructed Languages of JRR Tolkien (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: The Constructed Languages of JRR Tolkien
Writer: Lindsay Ellis
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Gabrielle Ewing
Abstract: Tolkien is widely regarded as the most influential author on the fantasy genre… period. But one of the less-discussed aspects of his work is the way Tolkien used constructed language in his writing. Nowadays authors are constantly making up words and languages for the worlds they build, but Tolkien was unique in that he constructed languages first, and then created worlds so his fictional languages would have somewhere to live.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFlyQk_uVAI
Primary URL Description: YouTube, the Constructed Languages of JRR Tolkien
Access Model: Open Access
Format: Digital File

The Byronic Hero: Isn't It Byronic? (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: The Byronic Hero: Isn't It Byronic?
Writer: Princess Weekes
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Gabrielle Ewing
Abstract: Edward Cullen. Han Solo. Killmoklknger. Lestat. What do all these characters have in common besides being heartthrobs? They share a common ancestor: the Byronic Hero. Brooding, sensual, violent, intelligent, and single-minded, the Byronic hero has been a staple in literature dating back to the 19th century, but the archetype is all over film, TV and even video games. I see you Cloud Strife, all sad and angsty with your giant sword.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4wNZDIH8d8
Primary URL Description: YouTube, The Byronic Hero: Isn't It Byronic?
Access Model: Open Access
Format: Digital File

Why We Still Love Little Women, 150 Years Later (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Why We Still Love Little Women, 150 Years Later
Writer: Lindsay Ellis
Writer: Princess Weekes
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Nikki Walker
Abstract: Before women were asking “Am I a Carrie or a Samantha?”, they were asking “Am I a Jo or an Amy?” Before there was Edward vs Jacob, there was Laurie vs Professor Bhaer. And over the more than 150 years since Little Women was originally published, there have been (deep breath) dozens of adaptations, feature films, television adaptations, plays, ballets, operas and at least two animes based on it. So despite being written off as proto-chick lit or kiddie lit or as Alcott herself said, "moral pap for the young,” Little Women has worked its way into the consciousness of readers for the last 150 years, and has stayed there. But what is it about the tale of the March sisters that keeps us coming back?
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D21xMcTuTms
Primary URL Description: YouTube, Why We Still Love Little Women, 150 Years Later
Access Model: Open Access
Format: Digital File

Anne Rice, The Queen of Literary Monsters (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Anne Rice, The Queen of Literary Monsters
Writer: Elisa Hansen
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Gabrielle Ewing
Abstract: Forbes once called her “The Warren Buffett of vampires,” but American author, Anne Rice has established herself as the literary queen of monsters of ALL kinds over her four-and-a-half decade career. Besides her 15 novels of the world-famous Vampire Chronicles series, she’s also written 21 other books featuring all your favorite dark, supernatural, and undead beings: witches, ghosts, mummies, werewolves, aliens, demons, angels, Jesus. But the works of Anne Rice aren't just light, pulpy fun monster books--her vampires changed the landscape of genre fiction as we know it?
Year: 2021
Primary URL: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wefpgj0IqEA
Primary URL Description: YouTube URL
Access Model: Free
Format: Digital File
Format: Web

Dune, The Most Important Sci Fi Series Ever? (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Dune, The Most Important Sci Fi Series Ever?
Writer: Princess Weekes
Writer: Angelina Meehan
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Gabrielle Ewing
Abstract: The planet is Arrakis. Also known as Dune. And y’all, it’s a mess. December of this year, we were supposed to see the arrival of director Denis Villeneuve’s interpretation of the 1965 novel Dune, which had been previously (and rather infamously) brought to life by David Lynch in 1984, and again in a three-part miniseries on the SyFy channel in the early 2000s. Now many sci-fi nerds were both excited and nervous about the new adaptation directed by Villeneuve, but owing to the ongoing plague of eternity, the release has been pushed back to next year. So in lieu of that, y’all have to use this video to tide you over. What is Dune? Why must the spice flow? And what is with all the sand?
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzJvpmoWQrI
Primary URL Description: YouTube URL
Access Model: Free
Format: Digital File
Format: Web

Are Graphic Novels… Novels? (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Are Graphic Novels… Novels?
Writer: Princess Weekes
Writer: Angelina Meehan
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Gabrielle Ewing
Abstract: In the past few decades, literature has expanded to not only mean the “novel” but “graphic novels” as well. Today we are gonna break down how the graphic novel went from the comic book store to the classroom.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJpFboFcGfE
Primary URL Description: YouTube URL
Access Model: Free
Format: Digital File
Format: Web

The Fiery History of Banned Books (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: The Fiery History of Banned Books
Writer: Princess Weekes
Director: David Schulte
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Adam Dylewski
Producer: Gabrielle Ewing
Abstract: Since at least 213 BCE, book burnings have been a reaction to the power of the written word. When roasting paper in a giant circle went out of style (at least in the intellectual sphere), the governments would take it upon itself to ban books. However, when we talk about book bannings today, we are usually discussing a specific choice made by individual schools, school districts, and libraries made in response to the moralistic outrage of some group. This, while still hotly-contested and controversial, is still nothing in comparison to the ways books have been removed, censored, and outright destroyed in the past. So on that happy note, let’s … explore how the seemingly innocuous book has survived centuries of the ban hammer.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpKqRC-9Avc
Primary URL Description: YouTube URL
Access Model: Free
Format: Digital File
Format: Web


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