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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Director Vivienne Roumani scheduled to attend | May 20 & May 21

Narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring interviews with Scott Turow, the late Ray Bradbury, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, and more, this is an in-depth look at the turbulent, exciting journey from the printed book through the digital revolution and modern information age.
May 20, 2013
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May 21, 2013
5:00 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed

As bookstores continue to close and the publishing industry consolidates into a few powerful conglomerates, it has become clear that the digital revolution has forever changed how we read. What does that mean for the future of books, not the ones you can read on your computer, but the ones made out of paper? Meryl Streep narrates this enthralling, in-depth debate about the turbulent and exciting future of the printed word. In the quest to understand the extraordinary transformations that the printed word has undergone in recent years, director Vivienne Roumani, a former librarian, surveys all of those who have a vested interest from the top down: authors, publishers, critics, booksellers, librarians, educators, digital pirates, self-publishers, readers, and luminaries like the late Ray Bradbury, Authors Guild President Scott Turow, founder Jeff Bezos, and New Yorker columnist Jeffrey Toobin. All are asked a fundamental question “Is the book dead?” The answer is far from it as there are complex issues of copyright, preservation, and diversity of access that threaten the future of books. A future which may impact the very core of our civilization.

Director Biography
With management positions at the Library of Congress, Johns Hopkins, and UC Berkeley, Vivienne Roumani has initiated digitization projects, working with both new and old media and writing and lecturing about electronic access.

Sponsored in part by Seattle University

Director: Vivienne Roumani
Principal Cast: Narrated by: Meryl Streep
Country: USA
Year: 2012
Running Time: 55 minutes
Producer: Vivienne Roumani, Morton Denn
Cinematographers: Mitchell Reichler, Zach Kuperstein, Ed Slatery, Ben Shapiro
Editors: Tom Patterson
Music: Alexander Lasarenko
Filmography: The Last Jews of Libya (2007)
Language: English, Italian
Subtitles: Yes
Format: HDCAM
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