Sunday, May 05, 2013

Documentary, BOOKWARS on DVD with PPL (Public Performance License)

The pioneering documentary, BOOKWARS, available for libraries and institutions with PPL (Public Performance License)

$169.99 Includes PPR (PUBLIC PERFORMANCE LICENCE) For Institutions & Libraries: See License Details Below    Trailer

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SUBJECTS and NICHES: Social Justice * Arts & Culture * Books & Literature * Urban Studies * Community * American Studies 

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Some Street Language
Suitable for High School and Up [PG-13]


BOOKWARS  Documentary, 79 min. with Extras

"Superb...mesmerizing" NY Film Critics Circle
"Hilarious...fascinating" The New Yorker
"Terrific" LA Times
"RECOMMENDED" - Library Journal

IFP Gotham Award Nominee

SYNOPSIS: the gritty world of New York City street booksellers told in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives and loves and their unique  perspectives on life.

Made on location on the streets of New York by a New York City street bookseller during then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's 'quality of life' campaign, 'BookWars' is a pioneering first-person documentary made about the public forum of New York and the USA during that transitional time.

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS: New York Underground Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Kansas City Film Jubilee, Seattle 911 Media Arts, Facets Chicago, the Freedom Forum, Museum of Modern Arts, and many more

BROADCASTS: Arte/ZDF, NHK, SVT (Sweden), PBS, Bravo, Metrochannels, Cinemapop & more

SUBJECTS and NICHES: Social Justice * Arts & Culture * Books & Literature * Urban Studies * Community * American Studies 


(Matt Seitz, New York Film Critics Circle) 
" In BookWars, a superb nonfiction film by first-time feature director Jason Rosette, books are more than sources of knowledge. They are merchandise that’s appraised, bought and sold. They’re also artifacts, sometimes clean and intact but more often damaged, whose condition at the point of sale says plenty about the conscientiousness of the seller. Most of all, they’re an addictive substance." See complete review @

(Kevin Thomas, LA Times)
"The Laemmle Theaters' "Documentary Days" continues Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Sunset 5 with Jason Rosette's terrific "BookWars," in which he reveals the world of his fellow used booksellers who line a stretch of pavement on Manhattan's West 4th Street in Greenwich Village and around the corner on the Avenue of the Americas. Free spirits who've dropped out of the rat race for various reasons, all are striking individuals, some decidedly eccentric. 

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(Michael Agger, The New Yorker) 
A gritty, low-fi documentary about Manhattan's street booksellers which abounds in fascinating detail. The director and narrator, Jason Rosette, shows how bookselling is the kissing cousin of another urban art form: drug dealing. Both require a knowledge of profitable corner locations, an experienced eye for for potential addicts, and a steady supply of mood-altering substances. In the case of books, you want to be holding works by Carlos Casteneda and Kurt Vonnegut, perennial best sellers on the street. It's a hardscrabble existence: most street booksellers do not vend stolen books; they rely on church fairs, garbage-picking, and the state of New Jersey-"land of the two dollar book." 

Unlike most war pics, the underdogs don't win in the end: Mayor Giuliani's quality-of-life campaign dispersend much of the community captured here.
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This purchase includes a non-assignable, non-transferable license agreement granting public performance rights (PPR) for classroom, organizational, institutional, or library use by the acquiring puchaser for non-paying audiences only.

TERM of LICENSE: PPR license is the life of the originating DVD

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'BookWars' is produced by Camerado