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Lee Library hosts documentary film series during fall semester

The Fall 2008 Documentary Cinema Film Series, which begins today (Oct. 14) at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library, will feature a diverse set of films on subjects ranging from Steinway pianos to China’s industrial revolution. All screenings will begin at 5 p.m. and will be shown in the first floor auditorium of the Lee Library. The series is open to the public and admission is free.

The Documentary Cinema Film Series is designed to support campus curriculum, functioning as a lab in conjunction with specific BYU courses. Those professors or students who want a documentary for their class to be shown on the big screen can contact Julie Williamsen, Theatre, Media Arts, and Communications librarian, at (801) 422-6763.

Upcoming films include:

• Oct. 14 – “Manufactured Landscapes” (Jennifer Baichwal, 2006), which follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China photographing the effects of that country’s rapid industrialization.

• Oct. 28 – “Note By Note” (Ben Niles, 2007), which tracks the creation of the Steinway concert grand #L1037 — from forest floor to concert hall. It explores the relationship musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process and illustrates what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production.

• Nov. 11 – “The End of Suburbia” (Gregory Greene, 2004), which, through interviews with scientists and policy makers, explores the premise that American suburbs, built on the easy availability of fossil fuels, may become untenable.

• Dec. 2 – “Helvetica” (Gary Hustwit, 2007). , a documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

For additional information, contact Julie Williamsen at (801) 422-6763 or

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