The silver screen


The library is most often thought of as a repository of books, but increasingly its becoming associated with film and movies.  Friday, September 3, is the inaugural screening at the Ann Arbor Downtown Library for Cinema Nightly, a local film project in the Ann Arbor area that is currently accepting video submissions from adult and teen filmmakers to give the public something new, provocative, and independent.  FIlms can be submitted online at  In addition to its new cinema program, the Downtown Library is hosting a Film and Discussion series the last two weeks of September that is open to adults and teens in high school.  The first in the series, running on Thursday September 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., is “Back to Roots,” a documentary on the efforts by one Detroit public school to train 300 pregnant and parenting teens to grow and subsist upon their own food.  On Sunday September 26 from 2 – 4 p.m., the library will show “Two Angry Moms” depicting the plight of two upset moms in their effort to change the meals served at schools.  Finally, producers and directors Tim O’Brien and Andrew Bare present their 30-minute documentary “Closing Doors: Demise of a Small Record Store” on the decline of corner record stores in an era of big box retailers on Thursday, September 30, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  Ann Arbor Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor.  For more information, call 734-327-4555.