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Coronado Library Special Collection To Honor Film Festivals Past, Present, And Future

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Posted: Monday, November 4, 2019 3:56 pm | Updated: 9:40 am, Wed Nov 6, 2019.

As the curtain rises on the fourth Coronado Island Film Festival, the library offers a behind the scenes glimpse at one of the festival partners helping to preserve the highlights for posterity.

The Winn Room will once again be one of the venues where audiences can experience fascinating stories, whether it is a movie screening or personal appearances by those who are part of the magic. But the library also plays a role receiving and distributing the movies to other Coronado venues and has been quietly building an archive of independent movies shown at the festival, which are part of a special collection available for public borrowing.

In addition to the many screenings, the library has hosted appearances that have delighted film festival audiences including Errol Flynn’s daughter sharing memories of her father, and A Twist of Lemmon, Chris Lemmon’s autobiographical piano show about his relationship with his father, Jack Lemmon. Other notable library speakers have included Coronado High School graduate, Sam Bowen’s acoustical concert of the soundtrack he composed for an independent film and Susan Claassen’s performance of a Conversation with Edith Head, answering questions as the legendary Hollywood costume designer, Edith Head.

Less well known is that since its inaugural year, many of the participating filmmakers have donated a copy of their films to the Coronado Public Library to help build an archive of the films shown for the Film Festival. The films are then added to the library’s collection approximately nine months after the film was screened at the film festival. This time is required to obtain and process the donation and also to avoid competing with the festival itself. Major studio films screened at the Festival are also purchased and cataloged as soon as they are released on disc. Special labeling is used to identify these films as an Official Selection of the Coronado Island Film Festival and so far, a collection of over 120 films screened in 2016, 2017 and 2018 including documentary, shorts and feature films are available for check out at the Coronado Public Library.

Many independent filmmakers have a strong passion and desire to raise awareness of issues around the world. Their work can make you laugh or cry or both at the same time. The quality of the independent films shown at the film festival is an important testament of our times. The library wishes to thank the Coronado Island Film Festival and all the filmmakers who have generously contributed to this special collection of films. We encourage the public to borrow the selections. The collection will be on display during the month of November but available throughout the year on the movie shelves. The Friends of the Library are also marking the film festival with a sale of classic and award winning film and books that were made into movies at the Second Hand Prose store.

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