March 24th, 2011

Cecilwood: Festival of Short Films

Lights, Camera, Action! We’re gearing up for our second annual Cecilwood: A Festival of Short Films (TM). This is YOUR chance to participate in a local film festival, even if you’re just a beginner. We’re accepting all kinds of short movies, from documentaries to comedies to dramas . All submissions must be less than 5 minutes in length. The festival is split into two age divisions – the teen competition and the adult competition. The first prize for each is a $100 Visa gift card!

If you want to get a leg up on the competition, we have two great programs coming up that can help you improve your film-making skills:

This Saturday, March 26th, Elkton High School librarian Kim Dyer will be leading a workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 on Introduction to Film-making. Bring a bagged lunch and learn the basics of creating a short film. Participants will work in teams and get hands-on practice with Flip cameras provided by the library.

Have questions about how to use your video camera? On Monday, April 4th, Daniel Krukosky from Cecil College will help you Make the Most of Your Video Camera! Bring your own video camera to the library along with the instructional booklet (if available) and Dan will help you advance your skills.

Both programs still have openings, so give us a call at 410-996-5600 ext. 481 and sign up today! Entries for Cecilwood: A Festival of Short Films (TM) are due Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by 8pm. We will show the films and announce the winners at the Festival on Saturday, May 21, 2011. For more info click here. And here are some suggestions for types of films you may want to create…

•    DocumentaryCB057409
•    “Moc”umentary
•    Comedy
•    Drama
•    Romance
•    Public Service Announcement
•    People/Community (“Where I’m From”)
•    Land/Landscape (Environmental)
•    Animation
•    Personal Narrative
•    Experimental

Do you enjoy watching different types of movies or do you stick to a certain genre? Comedies, dramas, romance, documentaries – what’s your favorite?

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February 23rd, 2011

God Save (us from) the Queen!

royalweddingmugSince I was 14, one of my most prized possessions has been a Charles and Diana commemorative wedding mug. The mug, with Diana looking uncannily like me as I’d recently begged for “the haircut,” sealed my infatuation with all things British.  Limited in my youth to Burnett’s The Secret Garden and an eight track of the Bay City Rollers, I now proudly instill a love of British pop culture in my children through cable’s BBC America, Monty Python and the Arctic Monkeys.

In honor of the current Royal Trifecta (Prince William’s upcoming wedding, awards galore for The King’s Speech, and the Tindall inspired Six Nations win over Italy) I have dusted off my mug and fascinator hat for some tea and quality time mingling with the monarchy. In the best British satirical tradition, my reading/viewing list will be neither informative nor respectful. For those similarly interested, might I suggest the following:

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
In pursuit of her corgis, the Queen stumbles on the local library bookmobile.  Her sudden addiction to reading enriches, but also “drains her life of purpose” until she finds a way to move beyond books to fulfill her final duty.

Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin
After one last fiasco involving running through Chelsea wrapped in toilet paper, the Prince and Princess of Wales are parachuted into the wilds of urban New Jersey on a secret mission to conquer America.  Working their way across the country, they rise from dishwashers to players in a presidential election. Will they vanquish the land they’ve come to love?

The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston
Revealed to be a Slayer, Queen Elizabeth must defend her realm by battling the vampires who threaten it.  Most alarmingly, their leader, the irresistible Mordred, has vowed to rule by her side as king of England—with or without her consent.

Doctor Who: The Second Series
In “Tooth and Claw,” a werewolf of alien origin seeks to establish an earthly “Empire of the Wolf” through a bite to Queen Victoria.  Despite Doctor Who’s best efforts, is the mission bearing fruit in today’s monarchy?

A young physician summoned to the court of King Charles II finds himself ordered to marry one of the royal mistresses to temper the anger of the Queen. Not unlike the roaring 20s, England of the 1660s reveled in excess only to come crashing down after the Great Fire and the Black Plague—all brought to life in this period drama.

Most likely, the Queen would not be amused, but given I can now poke her through Facebook, how can she complain?

Are you following the Royal Wedding?

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