Program Type: 
Read In Order to Live

Films about Books and Publishers

June 14, 2012 - June 28, 2012
Screening Room


Read In Order to Live: Films about Books and Publishers
Jun 14-28  •  Screening room
Admission per film: $8 Regular/ $6 YBCA member

This unique three-part film series examines some of the bold personalities and cultural realities of book publishing.

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  • How to Make a Book with Steidl
    Jun 14, 2012 4:30pm
    Jun 14, 2012 6:30pm
    Screening Room

    By Gereon Wetzel and Joerg Adolph

    For more than forty years, Gerhard Steidl has personally supervised the publishing and printing of some of the most significant books on fashion, art, and photography. We observe him as he collaborates with renowned artists like Jeff Wall, Ed Ruscha, and Robert Frank, working tirelessly to present their work in beautifully created books. Providing an insightful look at the way Steidl's printing press operates in Goettingen, Germany, this is a portrait of a dynamic entrepreneur with an uncompromising passion for the craft of bookmaking. (2010, 88 min, digital)

  • Obscene
    Jun 21, 2012 6:30pm
    Screening Room

    By Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O'Connor

    Obscene is the definitive film biography of Barney Rosset, the influential publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review and a continued inspiration to defenders of free expression. Rossett was the first American publisher of acclaimed authors Samuel Beckett, Kenzaburo Oe, Tom Stoppard, Che Guevara and Malcolm X, and challenged the obscenity ban on groundbreaking works of fiction such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer and Naked Lunch. But the same unyielding and reckless energy Rosset used to publish these works and distribute films like I Am Curious (Yellow) also brought him perilously close to destruction. (2007, 97 min, digital)

  • Guilty Pleasures
    Jun 28, 2012 6:30pm
    Screening Room

    By Julie Moggan

    Every four seconds a Harlequin Mills & Boon romance novel is sold, giving hope to readers throughout the world—an Indian woman pining for her straying husband, a Japanese housewife yearning for her handsome ballroom dancing teacher, and a British mother-of-three aiming to spice up her marriage. The film does not only follow female readers: model Stephen has graced over 200 book covers but can’t find his true love, while Roger, a pensioner in Northern England, writes romance novels under the pseudonym “Gill Sanderson.” Guilty Pleasures explores our universal struggle to reconcile inner fantasy with the tragicomic truths of real-life relationships. (2010, 85 min, digital)

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YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Abundance Foundation
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
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